In their conclusion to Chapter 11 of Missing Jesus, Charles and Janet Morris emphasize that just as Jesus personally opened up the Scriptures to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, He personally will open them up to us. Both then and now, Jesus is the great truth-bearer, causing a realization in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. The original meaning of realization, the authors notes, is to “make real”. The Lord always is creating junctures between our lives and the Word of God.
Eric Metaxis (Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy) cites a letter from Dietrich Bonhoeffer to his brother-in-law Rudiger, who took an intellectual and theoretical approach to the Bible. Dietrich explained that God speaks to us personally through His Word:
“I believe that the Bible alone is the answer to all our questions and that we need only to ask repeatedly and a little humbly to receive this answer. One cannot simply read the Bible like other books. . . . If it is I who determine where God is to be found then I shall always find a God who corresponds to me in some way, who is obliging, who is connected with my own nature. But if God determines where he is to be found, then it will be a place which is not immediately pleasing to me . . . This place is the cross of Christ, and whoever would find him must go to the foot of the Cross.”
Today’s question: Following your vocation loss, how have you been intentional in meeting Jesus at the foot of the Cross? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: Self-help vs. God’s help