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The Greatest Story Never Told

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

(The following is the April 5 devotional from my Next Step Devotions book. Before reading it, I suggest you read Luke 24 and pay close attention to verses 13-27.)

One of the most remarkable conversations in the Bible occurs between Jesus and two disciples traveling to Emmaus following the resurrection. Initially, the disciples were prevented from recognizing Jesus (v. 16). The three talked about the events of the weekend and the report of the empty tomb. Eventually, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets,” Jesus “interpreted for them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures” (v. 27). We do not know any more details of that conversation. It remains the greatest story never told outside that private exchange. How incredible would it be to know precisely Jesus’ explanation of the Old Testament passages that point to him as the Messiah? What a master class those disciples had from the Master himself. Yet God has chosen to keep the details of that in-depth discussion from us.

It is natural to ponder questions we can’t answer on this side of Heaven. Even children ask thought-provoking questions that adults are hard-pressed to answer with certainty. There is nothing wrong with having tough questions, but we mustn’t fall into the trap of expecting answers to all our faith-related questions in this life if the Bible does not already answer them.

God has revealed much to us in his Word. He has disclosed more than we understand and consistently obey. He is not obligated to answer every idle curiosity we have. The Bible's contents are enough to reveal God, our need for him, how to come to him in repentance and faith, and live for him. That is enough. We must accept that many other questions will remain unanswered until we meet our Lord face to face. When that day comes, our random unanswered questions from this life will probably no longer seem significant.

Next Step:

Write down some of your unanswered questions about the Bible, Christian faith, life, or other ponderings of your heart. Does the Bible answer any of them explicitly? If not, are there general principles in the Bible that sufficiently address them?

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