March 29: Along the Road to Emmaus

Read Luke 24:13-35

“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” (vv. 15-16).

Jesus had journeyed to the empty tomb and now He walked. He walked a road into Emmaus with two men who were so involved in their immediate situation that they missed the One whose journey they were noting.

The song Move (Keep Walkin’), by Toby Mac is a song of encouragement for someone who is discouraged and may not recognize that God is with them. “I know you’re feeling like you got nothing left, well, lift your head, it ain’t over yet.” Music like this can remind a person that Jesus is always with them, no matter what happens and that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. (See Romans 8:39.)  

The disciples on the Emmaus road may have needed that and felt like they had nothing left. They did not recognize Jesus as he walked with them returning from Jerusalem in the afternoon after the Resurrection. How is that possible? Jesus had just been imprisoned, tried, persecuted, sentenced, crucified and buried. Now His body was gone, and some said He had risen from the grave.

The week before, during the Triumphal Entry, they had probably walked with Jesus as He rode a donkey into Jerusalem. The disciples wanted Him to become king and take up the ancient throne of David. But instead He was arrested, condemned and put to death by crucifixion. And now they were trying to figure out an empty tomb and a missing body.  Walking home to Emmaus, they discussed the events of the week.

It is a documented fact that Jesus rose from the dead. Simon Greenleaf, who later founded Harvard Law School, was an atheist who studied the evidence and concluded “the resurrection is one of the best established facts of history.” Sometimes we can live and forget about His presence. But Jesus had not revealed Himself to them, yet. The apostles had to question who this guy was who didn’t even know what had just happened in Jerusalem. So they told Him.

But the message is that God is with us always, whether we know it or not. The disciples did not know it until Jesus “took bread, gave thanks and broke it and began to give it to them” (Lk. 24:30). We can find comfort in Jesus’ declaration that “where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them” (Mt. 18:20). Our challenge is to live consciously and intentionally in Jesus’ presence and to look for Him. Keep walkin’.

Lord Jesus Christ, show us Your ways, O Lord, teach us Your paths, guide us in Your truth and teach us. For You are God our Savior and our hope is in You all day long.

TW

 

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