At times, during our times of troubles and trials, we often lose our first love of God and start to mediate and swing to other untrue God and fake prophets, whom claimed by man whom can provide instant solutions. The lost our first love in God is through the first couple as recorded in Revelation: 2. 4. But I have [this] against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love.
In his 2nd letter, while in Jail waiting to be sentenced by Emperor Nero in Rome during 68AD, Paul told Timothy that there are 2 types of people. 1 that desserts us when we are in trouble (gelus & gene group). The other type will help us and support us (phorus group). 2 Timothy: 1. 15. This thou knowest, that all that are in Asia turned away from me; of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16. The Lord grant mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus: for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; 17. but, when he was in Rome, he sought me diligently, and found me 18. (the Lord grant unto him to find mercy of the Lord in that day); and in how many things he ministered at Ephesus, thou knowest very well. We need to learn to choose between the 2 groups which is positive and loving, whom can ignite our cold heart.
As the ancient proverbs echoed one type of grain can feed thousand types of people. During times of people troubles, we need to be still and trust in the Lord and take no rash corrective actions that we might regret after the commotion is over as written by St Paul as his last words to his spiritual son 2 Timothy: 2. 22. after righteousness, faith, love, pace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Instead we show our righteousness and faith in our just and righteous God. Then to diciple and walk with those who accepts our Lord God as their savior and also having character of faith and love in God, righteous and have a pure heart.
On Emmaus Road, Jesus was walking and talking with 2 of his diciples I.e. Cleopas and friend, who was trying to escape from Jerusalem after their Teacher was crucified. By night fall they have covered Luke: 24. 28. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they were going: and he made as though he would go further. 29. And they constrained him, saying, Abide with us; for it is toward evening, and the day is now far spent. And he went in to abide with them. 30. And it came to pass, when he had sat down with them to meat, he took the bread and blessed; and breaking [it] he gave to them. 31. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
When we face the dilemma of life, whether it might be our health, our wealth or our follow God’s commandments. When we faced with fear and despair, we might loose faith and start to question where is God now. From the above historical account was Cleopas running away from trouble, denying his association with Jesus of Nazareth or was he making a tactical retreat and trying to regroup his followers at Emmaus. Why of all His disciples hiding around Jerusalem, Jesus chooses to meet with this particular one ‘incognito’ at the outskirts of the city first?
Luke: 24. 12. But Peter arose, and ran unto the tomb; and stooping and looking in, he seeth the linen cloths by themselves; and he departed to his home, wondering at that which was come to pass. 13. And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was threescore furlongs from Jerusalem. (In classical Roman measure it is around 11 stadia and in today’s metric measure is approximately 14km) 14. And they communed with each other of all these things which had happened. 15. And it came to pass, while they communed and questioned together, that Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17. And he said unto them, What communications are these that ye have one with another, as ye walk? And they stood still, looking sad. 18. And one of them, named Cleopas, answering said unto him, Dost thou alone sojourn in Jerusalem and not know the things which are come to pass there in these days? 19. And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
Emmaus-Nicopolis (Nikopolis) is a Biblical village in ancient Roman time or called Hammat by the Saracens / Sarakenoi (meaning Arabs / people east of Sinai). It was founded during the Greek Hellenistic period and fortified by the Roman during their conquest of Judea. Historically, it was recorded that the Roman emperor Vespasian and his son general Titus once based their military camp there. The town of Emmaus has military and transportation importance because it is strategic located on the cross road west from the city of Jerusalem (around 20+km) and to other coastal cities like Tel Aviv-Yafo (approx 60+km), Ashdod (approx 60+km)(which were previous crusaders strongholds), Ramallah in West Bank (approx 30+km) and Bethlehem (approx 30+km).
Today’s, Emmaus-Nicopolis is called Imwas village in Palestine Autonomous State and it remains the landmark mentioned in the Holy Bible which is a suburb of Jerusalem but unfortunately all ancient ruins where destroyed during the Israel 6 Day War Of 1967 between Israel, Jordan and Syria (sad and pitiful over water issues which could resolved amicably). Yet Emmaus is still famous today because it is the place that witness the resurrected Christ by His disciples on the 3rd day after passover. What ruins can be seen today Ayalon (Canadian) Park 2km North around Latrun are a crumbled Byzantine Church, small Crusader Church and a working Cistercian Monastery. Nonetheless, the world community under UNESCO has earmarked the archeological site near Emmaus / Imwas / Amwas as World Heritage site for preservation and trourism attraction.
Jesus is always with us whatever our situation. He can heal us and cast away demons like in Simon’s mother story below. Mark: 1. 29. And straightway, when they were come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30. Now Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever; and straightway they tell him of her: 31. and he came and took her by the hand, and raised her up; and the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
Why some get heal and why I am not heal when I ask to God for heal. But we need to examine the Word that many was healed but not all was healed. Similarly, not all the demons were banished. We can only accept that this is God’s will and we have to accept it. Mark 1:32. And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were sick, and them that were possessed with demons. 33. And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34. And he healed many that were sick with divers diseases, and cast out many demons; and he suffered not the demons to speak, because they knew him. 35. And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose up and went out, and departed into a desert place, and there prayed. 36. And Simon and they that were with him followed after him; 37. and they found him, and say unto him, All are seeking thee. 38. And he saith unto them, Let us go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also; for to this end came I forth. 39. And he went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.
There is a saying that if God wanted to save the people from sickness and diseases, He would send a doctor. If God wanted to save us from great floods, He would send an engineer. Or even save us from our wrangling piles of debts that we are unable to repay in our life time, why not give us a generous banker or a billionaire angel financier. Moreover, to salvage our failed business or doomed investments that has no bottom in the ‘black hole’, how about granting us a free personal economist or financial analyst? Instead we received a teacher of the Word of God and healer of the soul, because God wanted to save us from sins.
When we have been Christians for too long we might loose it. It is normal to loose it, but we need to get it back quick as depicted in 2 Timothy: 1. 6. For which cause I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee through the laying on of my hands. We need to put back the flames of love. One way to do so is by engulfing in the Word of God. 2 Timothy: 1. 13. Hold the pattern of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14. That good thing which was committed unto [thee] guard through the Holy Spirit which dwelleth in us. The Word of God can chase away all worries, bring back hope and bring back the love in our heart. We need to return to the source. For the Word of God is Life and Power that proclaims His Kingdom on earth as depicted in 1 Corinthians: 15. 50. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
We shall not grow weary or afraid in times of troubles because God will strengthen us when we are weak and empower us when we grow weary. For our God love us and will not put us to suffering more than what we can bear as explain by Prophet Isaiah: 40. 28. Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard? The everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary; there is no searching of his understanding. 29. He giveth power to the faint; and to him that hath no might he increaseth strength. 30. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31. but they that wait for Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.