Does the thought of going on a road trip make you happy? I remember going on an 8-hour drive, with my niece driving. Her commentary on the way (along with her expressiveness) had me laughing almost the entire time. Sometimes, the mundane or boring events can bring about our best memories.
In this passage, Jesus wanted to be with Cleopas and his fellow traveler. Neither the walk nor the road were as important as the company he was with and the teaching experience it provided.
Jesus wants to be near us when we doubt. He wants to fill our hearts with the passion of His love burning brightly. When was the last time you knew that Jesus wanted to show you something, teach you a new concept from the Bible or to help you believe the Father’s love for you in a way that you never thought possible?
Listen to this song to begin opening your heart to Him as Savior and Lord of your life. https://youtu.be/pKF_nNh4n8c (CeCe Winans- Goodness of God). I had to listen twice- first time in “face down” prayer, confessing all the hurts in my life (that keep me from singing about God’s goodness right now). Second time, with hands raised and knowing His peace that passes all understanding, grateful for His presence and comfort.
Lord, help us to “recognize” you as we rejoice always, pray without ceasing and in everything give you thanks. (I Thessalonians 5:16-18) #Hiswill #ourmatureresponse #gratitude
Luke 21:13-33 (ESV)
On the Road to Emmaus
13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning,23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther,29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”