Awhile back, my wife and I took an Alaskan inland-passage cruise, our fourth one. Love being out on the ocean, seeing glaciers(calving and ‘shooters’), bald eagles, whales and that wonderful sea air. One morning, rather late of course for us, we were ordering special coffees in the International Café. We noticed a waitress talking with a young family. She was from Eastern Europe, speaking the same language as the family she was serving. Were they ever animated! Hands waving. Voices dancing all over the place with inflection and tone. They were speaking the same language!
They probably knew the same towns, customs, and cuisine. They had a bond the rest of us did not enjoy. This made me think. It’s the same in the Lord. When we’ve opened our lives to Jesus as Savior and Lord, we feel such closeness and intimacy with others who also know Him. There’s that bond in Jesus that make us brothers and sisters, family truly.
And what could be better than family? Now don’t groan! I know–God made family at a weak moment! He had troubles with His first two kids! But blood is thicker than water. And Jesus’ blood makes us one in Him, a bond that can never be broken.
My wife and I always request a table for two at the earliest hour for dinner on a cruise. Chit-chat with strangers not high on our list. Before we sail we pray that we’ll meet other Christians on our trip–ones who speak the same language. You know what I mean. On one particular cruise, we sat adjacent three other couples who also sat at tables for two. We discovered that all were believers in Jesus! We spoke the same language…the one of Jesus! We laughed, got to know each other, and relished the relationships we all had with our Lord! Even sitting at separate tables.
Like those men on the road to Emmaus. They encounter Jesus, who opens the Scriptures to them about the Messiah, about Himself, then share a meal together where their hearts become noticeably warm. They were speaking the same language… of the heart. Enwrapped in bonds of love that can never, ever be broken!
Prayer: Lord, we praise you for uniting us together in your Son, Jesus Christ. We love Him and cherish our family in Jesus. In His name. Amen.