The two men who said the above words were relatively unknown followers of Jesus. On the day Jesus was resurrected from the dead, these two men were walking away from Jerusalem, and potentially walking away from Jesus. The Bible tells us that they were sad because they didn’t understand what God was doing through the death of Jesus. On their way back home, Jesus met them and preached to them for two hours using the Old Testament. The consequence of this was that their hearts burned, and they returned to Jerusalem to get back in the game and follow their Lord.
Of all things that Jesus could have done on the first day of his resurrection, he chose to preach from the Bible on a dusty road to nowhere. Why?
I believe it was for the purpose of giving His followers a example of the mission and strategy that lies ahead.
Several versus later, after opening their minds to the Scriptures, Jesus tells all of His disciples, “thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations.” (Luke 24:46-47). This was the mission that Jesus was setting before them, to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins. How were they to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins? The same way Jesus did, by opening up the Scriptures.
40 days later, Jesus ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. Jesus did not take His disciples with Him, but instead left them in the world to go and make more disciples. He had given them the mission, and had given them the strategy. It was up to pick up their cross and implement. Thankfully, for us, they obeyed. Starting at Pentecost, the early disciples preached from the Bible, hearts burned, and lives turned to Jesus.
Today, the mission has not changed, nor has the strategy. Jesus is calling his followers to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins to this lost world. We do this by opening up the Word of God and pointing to our Savior, Jesus Christ. This mission and strategy is not just for the well known pastors of this age, it is for all of us. It is for the ordinary, average, run of the mill follower of Christ. We are all called to know the Word and proclaim the Word.
Commit yourself today to soak in the Word of God, and pray that God would open up your eyes and cause a fire to be lit in your heart, so that you can return to the mission at hand, making disciples for the Glory of God, and for the good of all nations.