Last week as we examined Hebrews 10:19-25, we placed great emphasis on the need for the whole congregation to come from the secret place into the gathering place to pray, praise and proclaim—to exhort, edify and enable one another. This week we are emphasizing the need to make every connection with other believers—husbands and wives, families, friends and comrades—a gathering place where we engage in the very same things. The church gathered is the gathering place in macro form; two or more people meeting to glorify the Lord and strengthen one another is the gathering place in micro form (Matt. 18:19-20). Both are indispensable and irreplaceable.
In Luke 24:13-35, there is a narrative about two followers of Jesus relating to one another and reasoning together about the events pertaining to Christ’s crucifixion and reports of His body not being in the tomb. As they are walking on the road to a village called Emmaus, they are trying to figure out what to make of it and are deeply distressed and confused. The resurrected Jesus joins them on their journey, and everything changes. They receive from the Lord the revelation they need about His death, burial and resurrection and are then able to release this revelation into the lives of others. This is a profound and poignant picture of what happens when Jesus “drops in” on two or more gathered in His name.
When two or more believers gather together, they are called to relate together. These two followers of Jesus had a “life-on-life” relationship. They weren’t just walking together on the road to Emmaus, they were walking together on the road of life. It is essential and critical that we have face-to-face, authentic encounters with one another and not merely an endless list of Facebook “friends.” Real relating produces real relationships that produce real results.
When two or more believers gather together, they are called to reason together. While it is right and necessary to spend time alone thinking, meditating and reasoning, we will always need to gather with others to deliberate about and discuss the important issues of life—always before and in the presence of the Lord. These two men were trying to help each other make sense of the difficult and devastating things they had experienced. They were confused and not thinking rightly. Their reasoning together was right, but their line of reasoning was wrong because they needed another person to join and lead their conversation. That other person, of course, was Jesus. As we see in Luke’s narrative, when Jesus joins the conversation, confusion evaporates and clarity ensues. When two or more gather in His presence to relate authentically, they will reason accurately.
When two or more believers gather together, they are called to receive together. Jesus revealed Himself to them and His saving work to them. They now had received the clear revelation they needed to access and appropriate the peace and power of God to save and secure. Jesus opened the Scriptures to them, and He opened the Savior to them. This is what they needed to receive, and this is what we need to receive as well. When we relate together and reason together in the presence of our Lord and King, we receive together the revelation and spiritual resources we need.
When two or more believers gather together, they are called to release together. Having met together with the Resurrected Lord, they now had the resources of revelation and resurrection power to release into the lives of others. They went together and told all they had seen and heard. This is exactly what happens when husbands and wives, families, friends and comrades gather as the people of the Lord to pray, praise and proclaim—exhort, edify and enable one another. They receive the resources of revelation and resurrection power to release into the lives of others.
Remember: When two or more of the Lord’s people gather together in the Lord’s presence to pray, praise and proclaim—exhort, edify and enable one another—they will receive and release the resources of revelation and resurrection power.