The Power Of The BibleAuthor: Josué Mora Peña
In the gospel of Luke 24:13-35, we have the story of two disciples of Jesus who lived in Emmaus, about 7 miles from Jerusalem. The name of one was Cleopas. The Bible does not mention the others name. Some have suggested that maybe they were husband and wife. They were going home. This happened after Jesus has resurrected from the dead, probably that Sunday evening. Jesus joined them while they were on their way home but they did not recognize Him. Their eyes were held that they should not know him v. 15. Jesus pretended that He did not know anything of what they were talking about.
They told Him about Jesus of Nazareth, how He was crucified and put in an empty tomb, but they were more concerned about what they have heard from some of the women, that He had resurrected from among the dead. In verse 25, Jesus begins to rebuke them for not believing what was being said about Him. Well, I guess its not easy to believe if somebody tells us that someone has come out from the tomb, especially if you know that person, or if it is a loved one.
Jesus tells them about Moses and what has been written about Jesus himself. When they arrived at their home, Jesus pretended to go His way, but they asked Him to spend the night with them, since it was already evening. Once inside the house, Jesus took the bread and blessed it, divided in two, gave them to them and then their eyes were opened. They recognized Jesus but He vanished out of their sight v. 31.
In verse 32 we read, And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? Notice the expression, Our heart burn
while he opened to us the scriptures? They were so excited knowing that they had seen Jesus that they went back immediately to Jerusalem, they did not care if it was late or not, they wanted to tell the other disciples what they had just experienced. To open the scriptures means to explain the scriptures. When Jesus told them about Moses and the prophecies concerning Jesus himself, these two disciples felt their hearts burn with fire, the fire of the Holy Spirit, even though it was 10 days later when Jesus ascended into heaven that God sent the power of the Holy Ghost upon the 120 disciples, in the Upper Room.
What does this tells us? What is the message for us today? Whenever we read and study and meditate upon the Word of God, the Holy Spirit helps us to understand it. The Bible is divine, not human, notwithstanding it was written by humans who were inspired by God, by people were consecrated to Him, people who loved God and talked to Him and served Him. Let us open our eyes to the Bible and let the Comforter burn our hearts while we submerge in its truths. The Bible is a mine of gold. Reading it is like listening to Gods voice. Not only do we need to read it but we need to study it and meditate upon it. We should be not only readers of the Bible but doers. By reading the Bible daily, we will become more like Jesus.
In the Bible we find the water of life, eternal life. Jesus told the Samaritan woman in John 4:14, But whosoever drinketh of the water that I should give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
If a person reads the Bible daily, that thirst of knowing more about God will be quenched, satisfied. The more we read the Bible, the more we will believe in it. It is Gods word to you. A Spanish hymn by E.S. Ufford says, I believe in the Bible, the book of my God; it is music from heaven, for me it is His voice; it shows me the way and gives me sweet peace. I find in the Bible all my satisfaction.
The Bible should be read, studied and practiced on a daily basis. It was written for our own benefit, so that we would get to know God better, our Creator and Sustainer. It is for the rich and for the poor; for the wise and for the ignorant; for the one who is happy and the one who is sad. Are you anxious for something? Read the Bible; are you troubled? Are you sick or suffering in this life? Read the Bible, but above all, do what it says.
It has been said that if people would read the Bible continually, there would not have been the need for so many psychiatrists. Through the Bible, God will heal your should, your mind, your damaged emotions, your past and your physical sickness, according to His will.
The reading of the Bible will help you be more like Jesus. This should be the desire of every Christian. We know that when He comes, we will be like Him. It is a fact that the more you know somebody, the more you will resemble that person. Earl Nightingale says, if you want to be like somebody, do, act, live like that person and soon you will be like him.
We need to be like Jesus to make a difference in this world. Paul said, Be imitators of me as I am of Christ 1 Corinthians 11:1. I have always wondered about some Christians who never read their Bibles. It is like saying to God: I really dont believe you. I dont believe what the Bible says. I can manage myself. I am the captain of my own ship.
There are all kinds of Bibles, as well as versions. Some people prefer the King James Version. Thats the one I use in my sermons. Today we have the advantage of Study Bibles (these help you become more knowledgeable of the Word of God). There are Braille Bible and even Bibles in cassettes or CDs for people on the go. They can listen to the Scriptures while driving. Even those who may not know how to read, they can always listen to it. So we dont have any excuse for not getting into the Holy Writ.
Has your heart burn within you when you read the Word of God? When was the last time you shed tears while reading it? Does the Holy Spirit convince you of your sins when you seriously and honestly read the Bible? You see, the bible is very powerful, persuasive, convincing. Make sure and read the Bible today, tomorrow, every day. No other book will satisfy you more in all aspects of your life as the Holy Bible.
The reading of the Bible will transform you. It will give you happiness. It will make you prosperous. It will show you the way to heaven. You will learn to love God and serve Him. The Bible, Gods Word, is all you need in this world.