Evening, January 18, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” — Luke 24:27
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus had a most profitable journey. Their companion and teacher was the best of tutors; the interpreter –one of a thousand — in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The Lord Jesus descended to become a preacher of the gospel, and he was not ashamed to exercise his calling before an audience of two persons; neither does he now refuse to become the teacher of even one. Let us court the company of so excellent an Instructor, for until he is made wisdom to us we shall never be wise to salvation.
This unrivalled tutor used as his textbook the best of books. Although able to reveal fresh truth, he preferred to illustrate the old. He knew by his omniscience what was the most instructive way of teaching, and by turning at once to Moses and the prophets, he showed us that the surest road to wisdom is not speculation, reasoning, or reading human books, but meditation upon the Word of God. The readiest way to be spiritually rich in heavenly knowledge is to dig in this mine of diamonds, to gather pearls from this heavenly sea. When Jesus himself sought to enrich others, he fashioned in the quarry of Holy Scripture.
The favored pair were led to consider the best of subjects, for Jesus spoke of Jesus, and explained the things concerning himself. Here the diamond cut the diamond, and what could be more admirable? The Master of the House unlocked his own doors, conducted the guests to his table, and placed his own desserts upon it. He who hid the treasure in the field himself guided the searchers to it. Our Lord would naturally converse upon the most precious of topics, and he could find none more precious than his own person and work. With an eye to these we should always search the Word. O for grace to study the Bible with Jesus as both our teacher and our lesson!