The post-resurrection story of Jesus' encounter with the two men on the road to Emmaus is one ofthe most fascinating and instructive accounts in the New Testament. As the risen Lord joins thesetravelers on the road he finds them gripped with fear and grief as they attempted to sort out themeaning of Jesus' death. This story reminds us of the awesome patience of God in his willingnessto walk with us along life's journey until he is recognized as our waiting Father An incredibly powerful self-expression in this account is the acknowledgement of the travelersafter Jesus had departed from them that "their eyes were opened and they recognized him," and inthe beautiful heartfelt expression, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with uson the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"In the hard moments of life's journey our hearts, not unlike these two travelers, may be dried upby disappointment and fear. But with this new revelation dawning on their minds and the burningwithin their hearts in recognition of Jesus as a living Savior and friend their doubt and fear wassubdued by a renewed joy and hope. Our recognition of Jesus in the midst of life's fiery ordeals isthe key to the revival of our spirit and the change of our countenance.Our personal victory awaits our own recognition of the "Teacher" - the Risen Jesus who walkswith us along our difficult road DR. DOUGLAS J. MCKAY received his undergraduate degree at William Jennings BryanCollege, his graduate degree at Reformed Theological Seminary, and his doctorate at TrinityTheological Seminary.Dr. McKay has worked as a business entrepreneur for more than twenty years and has servedwith many church and para-church ministries throughout his adult life. He and his wife Ritareside in Colorado.
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