Think on this: The two disciples on the Road to Emmaus were prevented from recognizing Jesus. Is there something preventing you from seeing and recognizing Him? How about understanding what you know about Him? What can help you to see and to understand?
“After Jesus died and was resurrected,” Stan began, “there is an account that two of His disciples were walking from Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.”
“I’ve heard about that,” I replied. “The Road to Emmaus.”
“That’s right,” Stan said. “These two fellows were very distraught about what had happened to Jesus. They were confused about what it all meant. But while they were walking and talking, Jesus joined them on their journey. He joined them, but they were not able to recognize that it was, in fact, Jesus.”
“I’m not sure exactly how the conversation went,” Stan continued, “but the two men were very upset about what had happened to Jesus in Jerusalem, and he took the time to explain to them what it all meant. That everything that had happened was what God intended. Jesus explained to these two men the meaning of the Scriptures that pertained to Him”
“When Jesus was finished talking,” Stan added, “the eyes of the two men were opened, they recognized Jesus, and then He disappeared. Understanding what Jesus told them, they turned around and headed back to Jerusalem to tell the others that Jesus had truly been resurrected.”
“What do you think would have happened if Jesus had not appeared to those two disciples? Do you think they would have eventually discovered the truth?”
“I have no idea,” Stan replied, “but I do know that Jesus interrupted their journey because He wanted them to know the truth. Same thing with me.”
Continuing, he said, “I wasn’t on the road to the actual Emmaus, but I sure was on a road to somewhere, and I sure was filled with confusion. But Jesus interrupted my journey and put me on His road to where He intends for me to go.”
“And it’s an ongoing process,” Stan added. “In order to help me understand God’s word in the Bible, and to help me understand where I fit into His plans, He gave me the Holy Spirit to help me to understand. He’s not called the ‘Helper’ for nothing!”
Concluding, Stan said, “Jesus joined the two disciples as they walked toward Emmaus. They didn’t recognize Him and they didn’t invite Him, He just showed up. On the other hand, I am to invite the Holy Spirit not to join me wherever I am going on my own, but to invite Him to lead me in my walk with God on whatever road He has for me.”
And they were conversing with each other about all these things that had taken place. And it came about that while they were conversing and discussing, Jesus Himself approached, and began traveling with them. But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. Luke 24:14 – 16.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your provision for understanding all you have for me to understand. I confess that too often I do not pursue knowing you and your Son as fully as you intend and as fully as you have available. Please forgive me. And please lead me in following every step of your lead into an ever-deepening knowledge of you as I wait to step into eternity to spend the rest of it in your presence. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.
Revisit the “Think on this” questions above.
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