“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:13)
According to research, Emmaus was also known as “Hot Springs”
What comes to your mind when you hear this saying? A resort, a place of relaxation and rest, where you can put your feet up and get away from everyone and everything. It may sound wonderful, but the devil has been using this as a spiritual tactic; he has been presenting people with his “hot springs” to make them distance themselves from Jerusalem.
During this quarantine period, people are consuming content from online sources; options the devil presents that appear to be good. Many people think that they are quenching their thirst, but his “hot springs” only cause them to become even more dehydrated. They run away from the troubles and worries of this world, but do not realise that they are drinking from polluted fountains. The sensation feels good; it is like drinking a cold soft drink on a hot day, when what is really needed is water. The devil uses his hot springs to create a false sense of wellbeing, to weaken you until you are no longer close to Jerusalem and he can pounce on his prey.
God is the only One who can hydrate us spiritually. Drinking from His fountain is what will make you strong. Be careful with the hot springs the devil presents to you, for not everything that is labelled “Christian” is of God. Be mindful of the blogs and articles you read. Not all content is in line with what the Bible says, nor is it a true source of living water. This will only breed confusion in the mind and lead to doubts.
“And He said to them, ‘What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?’” (Luke 24:17)
The two disciples’ discussion was only bringing them down, but they did not realise the effect it was having on them. They were walking towards Emmaus engaging in conversation that was only negative. Avoid entertaining and dwelling on words that will only lead you to Emmaus. Unfortunately, many are on their way there but they cannot see it.
“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
You won’t find Jesus in Emmaus. The fountain of Life is in Jerusalem. He is the Living Water; when you drink from Him, you will never thirst again. He is saying:
• Stay in Jerusalem
• Come to Jerusalem
• Return to Jerusalem
Which of these applies to you?