On the Road Again

Start a car trip and it won’t be long before somebody starts singing “On the Road Again.” In 1981 Willie Nelson was nominated for Best Original Song for this catchy tune from his movie of the same name.

In the Bible two pivotal events happened on the road.

First was on the road to Emmaus, a town about 7 miles from Jerusalem, when the just resurrected Christ appeared to two disciples as they walked along discussing the incredible events they had just witnessed. Christ opened their minds to realize they were walking with the one resurrected (Luke 24:31-32)! “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road,and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

Then when they arrived home in Jerusalem to meet with other Christians, Christ “opened their understanding that they might comprehend the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45). In the previous verse Jesus specified the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms. The very Scriptures many people want to believe are done away!

Once in a Bible Study a friend who came that night as a visitor — seeking to know God finally in her 60s, and with a Bible picked up that afternoon at a thriftstore — suddenly started beaming wide-eyed at the moment the minister quoted that verse. Later she told me that God opened her mind to understand what she was hearing from the Bible and she was eager to respond!

Second was on the road to Damascus — Syria-ously not a road to be on today! In Acts 9 Paul was struck down blind by God and turned around 180 degrees from on his way to persecuting Christians to on his way to making and growing them!

Both roads need to be retraveled. Walking with the One resurrected! Praying to have our minds opened every time we are about to study God’s Bible. Being renewed in the Spirit every day to be changed from the old man to the new man in Christ (Eph. 4:22-24).

Such privilege makes me start Waylon: “On the road again! Goin’ places that I’ve never been. See’in things that I may never see again.”

FUN FACT: Being on the road again gives me the Willies! It can be dangerous for us both. In Alaska moose are the #1 collider with cars. You often get the worst end of the deal!

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