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The Journey to Emmaus.

The Journey to Emmaus.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY MR. VENN EDITOR OF THE CHRISTIAN OBSERVER


LUKE Xxiv. 32.

And they said one to another, Did not our hearts
bum within us while He talked with us by the way,
and while He opened to us the Scriptures ?

BY MR. VENN EDITOR OF THE CHRISTIAN OBSERVER


LUKE Xxiv. 32.

And they said one to another, Did not our hearts
bum within us while He talked with us by the way,
and while He opened to us the Scriptures ?

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THE JOUREY TO EMMAUS. BY MR. VE EDITOR OF THE CHRISTIA OBSERVER LUKE Xxiv. 32. And they said one to another, Did not our hearts bum within us while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures ? XHE scene to which these words allude took place on the evening of one of the most memo- rable days that ever dawned upon our guilty world ; a day, the celebration of which has even superseded that day of sacred repose on which God rested from the works of creation, and has given rise to the Christian Sabbath, on which the Lord of life and glory, late an expiring victim on the cross of Calvary, burst the bar- riers of the tomb, and completed on our behalf his triumph over the powers of darkness and the grave. How many stupendous and affecting incidents were crowded together in the short circuit of that day ! With its earliest dawn, we witness an angelic messenger, his countenance like lightning, and his raiment white as snow, THE JOlliXEY TO LMMAUS. 241 dismissed from heaven to roll away the stone that would vainly bind down the rising Saviour of the world. The earthquake announces his presence, and the Roman warrior flees in terror from his glance. Yet to that spot, a spot to the unbelieving full of fearful mystery, but to the faithful disciple the scene of victory and  joy, we behold hastening a company of females
 
with spices to embalm the earthly remains of their Redeemer, and to. mingle their tears and adorations at his tomb. On that auspicious morn, Mary Magdalene first beheld her risen Saviour ; to her companions shortly afterwards was afforded the same glorious manifestation ; and next to St. Peter, late so boasting and self- confident, but now bowed down in penitence* overwhelmed with grief, and thirsting to evince his love for the compassionate Redeemer, who had been so deeply " touched with the feeling of his infirmities." The heavenly scene referred to in the text, and followed by the revelation of the Saviour to the assembled body of the disciples, Thomas only being absent, formed a befitting close to the evening of such a day. This scene is briefly described by St. Mark, as follows : " After that, he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked and went into the country; and they went and told it unto the residue : neither believed they it 242 THE JOUREY TO EMMAUS. them ;" but St. Luke has largely handed down to us several affecting particulars of the in- terview. Two of the disciples, he informs us, deeply disappointed and dejected at the cru- cifixion of their beloved Master, were journeying together to a village called Emmaus, engaged in earnest conversation on the afflicting events which they had witnessed. Thus discoursing, the risen Saviour joined their company, and inquired the occasion of their grief. They replied, that the chief priests and rulers had crucified Jesus of azareth, a Prophet mighty
 
in deed and word before God and all the people, who they trusted should have re- deemed Israel; and they related also the in- telligence they had received, but did not seem fully to credit, that he was risen from the dead. The Saviour listened to their narration, and then, rebuking their ignorance and unbelief, " began at Moses and all the Prophets, ex- pounding unto them, in all the Scriptures, the things concerning himself." And so interesting, so heavenly, was his discourse, that when he vanished out of their sight, they could not refrain from exclaiming, with mingled admi- ration and affection, " Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures V 9 This passage expresses, First, a high degree THE JOUREY TO EMMAUS. 243 of religious enjoyment experienced by the two disciples ; and, Secondly, the cause of that enjoyment. First, then, we are told of a high degree of religious enjoyment experienced by the two disciples : " Did not our hearts burn within us?" By too many persons a religious life is accounted a life of gloom and despondency, at war with every generous impulse, every social affection, every expansion of the heart or the understanding. But how different is the de- scription given of it in Scripture ! There we see every image of peace and enjoyment, of dignity and beauty, connected with the love and the service of God. There we find religion spoken of as the highest wisdom, and the ways of this wisdom described as ways of pleasant-

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