Tim Chester on Luke 24 and the risen Christ’s Emmaus road Bible study: “God’s Word is enough.”

Here Chester is teaching from Luke 24 and the two men’s Emmaus road encounter with the resurrected Christ, especially v. 27 when Luke records how “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [Jesus] interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”

Here in Luke 24 is the Word incarnate, freshly risen from the grave. Surely he will simply speak, and the world will listen. But instead he chooses to conduct Bible study. If the risen Christ on that first Easter day made himself known through the word, then we shouldn’t suppose we can make him known in any other way. No amount of human wisdom or philosophy or contemplation apart from the Bible will tell you the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection. No one in the Easter story has a clue what’s going on until Jesus explains it from the Bible. Only the exposition of the word will make people’s hearts burn (v. 32)…

In Luke 16 Jesus tells the story of a beggar called Lazarus who lives at the gate of a rich man. Upon dying, Lazarus goes to Abraham’s side, while the rich man goes to Hades. The rich man asks Abraham to send Lazarus with water to cool his pain. When the rich man is refused, he makes a second request. He asks for Lazarus to be sent to his brothers to warn of God’s judgment. Abraham replies: “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead” (16:31). God’s Word is enough. Nothing will persuade us if God’s Word doesn’t persuade us–not even apparitions of the dead. In Luke 24 someone has come back from the dead–just as the rich man requested. But what he does is proclaim the Word of God…

This is Luke’s message to us. How do we make Christ known? Through the Bible. It may not sound trendy, but it’s God’s way. God rules through his Word, and he extends that rule through his Word.

Tim Chester, A Meal with Jesus, p. 133-134


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