Jesus birth, life, death, and resurrection are all part of the magic and inspiration of Christmas. As we go deeper in investing time with Jesus over Christmas, we will find our hearts will burn from spending time with the Lord just like the Emmaus experience…
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:13-14, 18-19
When Jesus had risen from the dead, he appeared to these followers on the road to Emmaus. Their hearts burned from spending time with the Lord as he opened the scriptures to them and they understood that he was the fulfillment of the words of the prophets.
Similarly, Mary treasured the birth and angelic celebration of Jesus in her heart. She pondered these things deeply. Mary’s view of Jesus’ entire life was unique and more complete than any other person.
Mary would have experienced greater joy in his birth and life, greater grief in his death, and greater hope in his resurrection than anyone else in history.
How deep will you go with Jesus this Christmas? How much time will you spend with him so that he can open the scriptures to you? Will you see him the same today as you did yesterday? Will you celebrate Jesus and Christmas as a family time and vacation time and shopping season or will you go deeper?
There are treasures to store in your heart as it burns warmly from spending time with the Lord. Jesus birth, life, death, and resurrection are all part of the magic and inspiration of Christmas.
Go deep and treasure this season.