The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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Only the Two on the Emmaus Road Heard It!
 

The Emmaus Exposition
 
By Al Stoner 
Part 1

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He xpounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Lk. 24:27).
 

To the enlightened heart and mind this is a spiritually intriguing passage of Scripture. It is a wonderfully profitable exercise to imagine and consider the Scriptures that Christ most likely employed and opened up to the two hearers on this occasion.
This, of course, is the account of the Lord Jesus speaking to the two on the road to Emmaus, to whom He had appeared after His resurrection.  Luke records that Christ expounded to them “in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” This approach is characteristic of the Lord in His dealings with His disciples (cf. Mt. 11:2-5), particularly with those who are of little faith, as Cleopas and his partner at this time were. Christ could have simply said to these doubting ones, “Yes, I am the One” (cf. Lk. 24:21), “doubt no more!” But no, the Savior instead expounded to them the Scriptures concerning Himself so that they could draw their own conclusions regarding His Person and validity, and most importantly, so that they would “be not faithless, but believing” (Jn. 20:27).
We will here employ some sanctified imagination as we consider some of the Scriptures that, in all likelihood, the Lord Jesus ministered to the two mentioned here. As we devote ourselves to the contemplation of these words from “Moses and all the prophets” which are pointing to the Savior, let us seek to have our own faith strengthened anew regarding the Lord Jesus Christ: particularly about who He is, and the purpose for which He came into the world.

The Testimony of Moses 

Christ, the Seed of the Woman. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel” (Gen. 3:15; cf. Rom. 16:20). And to Cleopas and his partner, the Lord Jesus no doubt affirmed that He was and is that seed of the woman who bruised the serpent’s head. As a matter of fact, He was at this point newly risen from the dead, having “through death” destroyed “him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb. 2:14).  Having now bruised the serpent’s head by His death, burial, and resurrection from the dead, this is, no doubt, one of the realities that the Lord Jesus brought before the minds of the two on the Emmaus road.
In Him All Nations Blessed. “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 22:18; 26:4). “And in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 28:14; cf. Gal. 3:16).  The seed referred to here was not the entire nation of Israel, as some might have thought, but rather the Lord Jesus Christ, the promised seed.  As Paul clarified in the Galatian epistle, “He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” And it is very likely that Christ made this same distinction to the two mentioned above.
Identified with the Tribe of Judah. “Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee” (Gen. 49:8). “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be” (v. 10; cf. Heb. 7:14).
Here is another scripture that was no doubt “expounded” there on the Emmaus road. Paul also tells us, “It is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.” The vital significance of Christ proceeding from the tribe of Judah (and not of the tribe of Levi) appears to be this. Christ is to us a great High Priest, but not after the order of Aaron! He is rather a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek (cf. Ps. 110:4), and this distinction qualifies Him to be a Priest, not upon earth, but in Heaven. He thus now has an unchangeable priesthood, yea He is a Priest forever! And He does not offer to God, in our behalf, the blood of animal sacrifices, as did the levitical priests, but rather He has entered into Heaven itself with His own blood!
The Prefigurement of the Brasen Serpent. “And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived” (Num. 21:9; cf. Jn. 3:14).  Here we see foretold the availability and accessibility of God’s salvation in Christ to whomsoever will. As it is written, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:14-15). Jesus affirmed this comparison to Nicodemus, and perhaps He did so again to the disheartened travelling pair.
Balaam’s Prophecy Concerning Him. Consider yet another prophecy of the Savior which may have been expounded on this occasion.  “I shall see Him, but not now: I shall behold Him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth” (Num. 24:17).
Balaam was a mysterious character in Scripture being a man of great inconsistencies. But in the above instance he spoke the truth and we must learn to receive and acknowledge the truth even when it proceeds from an unlikely source.
The Prophet Like unto Moses. “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him ye shall hearken” (Deut. 18:15). “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which He shall speak in My name, I will require it of him” (vv. 18-19, cf. Acts 3:22-23).
The Jews had a high and reverent esteem for Moses, the great lawgiver.  But, alas, the professed church has a disgraceful and unworthy regard for the Lord Jesus Christ, the Captain of their salvation. He is the One who has come to save us from the wrath to come! Cleopas and his friend, no doubt, had a good understanding of this matter after Christ had spoken to them here.
The present generation also would do well to consider and take to heart this aspect of the blessed Savior. He is still “the Author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him” (Heb. 5:9), despite men’s rebellious spirit and present disregard for authority. If men refuse to unreservedly submit themselves in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ, there is then no way that they can possibly be saved! Let us submit ourselves to Him wholeheartedly!

The Witness of the Prophets

Christ’s Resurrection. “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave My soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption” (Ps. 16:9-10; Acts 3:15).  Christ’s very appearance to the two on the Emmaus road was a confirmation and fulfillment of this word of the Psalmist. His soul was obviously not left in Hades, neither was God’s Holy One permitted to see corruption.
The Crucifixion. “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?  why art Thou so far from helping Me, and from the words of My roaring?”  (Ps. 22:1; cf. Mk. 15:34). The Lord Jesus most probably told the two travelers that it was He who was forsaken of God and also the reason for that forsakement. It was for their sakes and ours! It was so that we would not have to be rejected of God!
Christ’s Ascension to God’s Right Hand. The Twenty-fourth Psalm. “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory?  The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory” (Ps. 24:7-10). Here we see the Lord Jesus Christ being received back into Heaven after His resurrection and ascension.  The angelic hosts are here seen examining the credentials of the One they are admitting into Heaven. He is the Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory!
The Sixty-eighth Psalm. Here is yet another prophecy regarding Christ’s ascension to Heaven. “Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast led captivity captive: Thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them” (Ps. 68:18; cf. Eph. 4:8-10). It was necessary that Christ ascend up on high, so that He might fill all things, or, in the words of the Psalmist, so that He might “dwell among” and in His people. For the Emmaus pair Christ’s appearance and abiding would be momentary, but now that He is ascended to God’s right hand, He is able to abide with us forever (cf. Jn. 12:34; 14:16)!--Editor

(To Be Concluded Tomorrow)