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Connecting the Dots

September 20, 2016

Read: Luke 24:13-32
Bible in a Year: Ecclesiastes 4-6; 2 Corinthians 12

Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was
said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.—Luke 24:27

In the 1880s French artist Georges Seurat introduced an art form known as
pointillism. As the name suggests, Seurat used small dots of color, rather
than brush strokes of blended pigments, to create an artistic image. Up
close, his work looks like groupings of individual dots. Yet as the
observer steps back, the human eye blends the dots into brightly colored
portraits or landscapes.

The big picture of the Bible is similar. Up close, its complexity can leave
us with the impression of dots on a canvas. As we read it, we might feel
like Cleopas and his friend on the road to Emmaus. They couldn’t understand
the tragic “dotlike” events of the Passover weekend. They had hoped that
Jesus “was the one who was going to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:21), but they
had just witnessed His death.

Suddenly a man they did not recognize was walking alongside them. After
showing an interest in their conversation, He helped them connect the dots
of the suffering and death of their long-awaited Messiah. Later, while
eating a meal with them, Jesus let them recognize Him—and then He left as
mysteriously as He came.

Was it the scarred dots of the nail wounds in His hands that caught their
attention? We don’t know. What we do know is that when we connect the dots
of Scripture and Jesus’s suffering (vv. 27, 44), we see a God who loves us
more than we can imagine. —Mart DeHaan

Jesus laid down His life to show His love for us.

*INSIGHT:* In today’s reading, Jesus came alongside two disciples traveling
to Emmaus (v. 13). This appearance took place in the “nearly evening” of
Sunday (vv. 29-30). The gospel writer Mark said, “Jesus appeared in a
different form to two of them” (Mark 16:12). This was why they did not
recognize Him until later (Luke 24:16, 31).

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