I want to begin by reminding you of something that I'm sure you know. But in this context, it suits our understanding of the text to refer to it. The most important reality in the world is truth...truth...God's truth...the truth that saves from hell. The most important truth of all.
There's only one place this truth is found and that is in the Scriptures, the Word of God, the Bible. Only those who understand the Bible can know the truth about salvation and be saved from hell. Only those who know the truth of the Bible can live fulfilled, obedient, blessed, effective, joyful lives. All matters of salvation and sanctification, and all understanding of future glorification is contained in the Bible. Therefore the greatest service that can ever be rendered to anyone is to explain to them the meaning of the Bible. We call that Bible exposition. That means to explain the meaning of Scripture.
To understand Scripture is to understand everything from God's perspective, the one true view. All of the purposes of God for humanity, all of the purposes of God in history and eternity, all of the purposes of God from beginning to end and top to bottom, the comprehensive view of all things can be known only to those who understand the meaning of Scripture. Therefore, again I say, the greatest service you can render to anyone is to give them an understanding of Scripture.
Never is that more powerfully indicated or illustrated than in the passage that is before us this morning, where Jesus confronts two of His followers who are ignorant, who are in the darkness, who are filled with doubt, who are confused, who are distressed and gives them the clarity of a true understanding of Scripture. He opens the Scripture and shatters the darkness and confusion with the light of truth. In fact, verse 27 of Luke 24 sums it up, beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, "He explained to them concerning Himself in all the Scriptures."...