I was challenged and inspired as I read these musings from my brother-in-law, Jim Roth. He has agreed to let me share them with you. I’m sure you will be equally as challenged and encouraged as you read these thoughts based on Jesus appearance to a couple of His disciples on the road to Emmaus from Luke 24.
Did you ever wonder why the disciples were “kept from recognizing Him” when He came along side?
- Maybe they weren’t ready.
- Maybe they needed to understand first the veracity of the OT prophecies.
- Maybe they wouldn’t have really listened if they recognized Jesus right away.
- Maybe their emotional state at seeing Him needed to be grounded in the Word
- Maybe they might have missed the deeper meanings of the resurrection when they faced a skeptical church audience later.
Jesus met them where they were. Disappointment, consternation, confusion, maybe even unbelief. Jesus gave them space to express that all. He listened carefully as they told Him the events of the past few days.
- Maybe He knew they also needed to restate their earlier well founded hope and their amazement at the earlier reports of His resurrection.
Then as Jesus began to teach and instruct them as to what the Scriptures said about Him, their hearts were warmed. How often we too are warmed by our latest understanding of a new scriptural truth. Or when we read his Word in private devotions.
But they were not yet content with that experience. Somehow the Holy Spirit prompted them to seek more. They begged Him to stay with them even though they didn’t yet know who they were with.
- Maybe their faith was sufficient to believe God is indeed “the rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him.”
Even though Jesus acted like he had a different agenda they convinced him to stay and when they did and He served the bread, they saw Him…their eyes were opened and their joy complete. They became motivated witnesses at that point.
- Maybe we need to see HIM before we will be effective messengers.
- Maybe if we asked with passion He would be revealed in all His glory to us today.
- Maybe He would gladly modify his agenda to meet our real need.
Where are we in that story? Obviously on this side of the death and resurrection of Christ! But…
- disappointed with our situation/circumstances and dashed hopes?
- disappointed because our experience has not lined up with our expectation?
- discouraged by the incompleteness of our own experience or failures?
When will we be satisfied?
- When our hearts are warmed by a fresh revelation of scripture?
- or the promise of more fellowship…?
- or when our minds are renewed and the eyes of our heart are opened?
When we see Jesus we can’t help but be more inspired messengers and we will know we have a message!