This post is part of the weekly series, “His Encouragement: Thursday Thoughts to Strengthen Your Soul.”
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. (Luke 24:13-16, NIV)
They didn’t recognize Jesus as they walked to Emmaus.
In the Gospel reading this week (Luke 24:13-35), Luke tells us that two disciples were on the road to a town called Emmaus. While they walked, they talked among themselves about all the things that had happened. “While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him (Luke 24:15-16).” Jesus walked with them all the way to Emmaus, and as they walked, the disciples talked to Jesus. Not realizing who he was, they told Jesus about the trial, the crucifixion, and the empty tomb.
During their walk to Emmaus, Jesus preached to them and explained to them the signs and the teachings of the prophets concerning the Messiah. “Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures (Luke 24:27).” Despite Jesus’s preaching and teaching, the disciples still did not recognize who he was.
At last, the two disciples and Jesus arrived at their destination. It was close to evening, and the disciples invited Jesus to stay with them. When they sat down for the evening meal, Jesus “took bread, and broke it, and gave it to them (Luke 24:30).” Finally, their eyes were opened! In a flash, they recognized Jesus. But then, just as quickly, he “vanished from their sight (Luke 24:31).”
Jesus walks with us, even when we can’t see Him.
This vision of Jesus changed the lives of these two disciples forever. Luke tells us that they went on to proclaim that Jesus was the risen Lord. They shared the story of this miraculous appearance with the other disciples and their companions.
This same vision of Jesus’s appearance on the road to Emmaus speaks to our lives as well. It’s been a long journey to get to this Easter season. This past Lent was the longest Lent that I’ve ever experienced. However, now that Easter Sunday has come and gone, it appears that there is still a very long road ahead for all of us. My heart aches as I hear about everyone who is being negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the fallout surrounding it. As a church, as a country, and as a world, we have a very long way to go before we get to the “new normal.”
But there is hope. Hope cannot be quarantined, and the Good News of Christ cannot be contained. Consider the story of journey to Emmaus once more. A key fact in this story is that, Jesus journeyed with the disciples all the way to their destination; however, despite the fact that he walked with them, they couldn’t see him. Right now, you might be at a point in your life where you feel as if you cannot see Jesus. But even when we cannot see Christ, he is walking with us every step of the way. We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. In the meantime, stay home, stay safe, and stay strong in the faith. Christ is walking with us.
This post is part of the series, “His Encouragement: Thursday Thoughts to Strengthen Your Soul.”
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