Wednesday, 8 April 2015

My Emmaus

Just after Christ’s Resurrection, two of His followers were going to Emmaus. (Luke 24: 13-35).

They were totally distraught about Jesus’ death, and even though there was now news that His tomb is empty and that Christ is alive, they were still down-hearted and confused.

Jesus appeared to them on the way. They did not recognize Him. They spoke with Him and told Him their news. They said that their Lord and leader had been crucified, and there were rumours going around that He was alive again.

Jesus did not tell them who He was but explained to them the prophets’ predictions about Him. He walked with them all the way to Emmaus, but still they did not recognize Him. It wasn’t until He broke and blessed the bread that they recognized Him.

Why? I ask myself.

Why did they not recognize Him when they first saw Him, or when He took the time to explain to them the writings of the prophets?

Could it be that their minds were more pre-occupied with their problems and their dilemma rather than listening to Him?

You can just imagine how their mind worked and how concerned they were about their predicament.

Their leader is dead. What are they to do now? Is it all over? Every thing He said and taught comes to nothing? And what of the future? What are His followers to do now?

But aren’t we just the same.

How often do events touch our lives and turn it upside down. Events perhaps of our making, or events that we did not contribute to but they affect us all the same.

And we panic. What are we to do now? What will happen next?

We fear the future, we fear matters getting out of our control and we turn our attention to our problems and our dilemma. Just like those two on the way to Emmaus.

Yet, all the time we are panicking Jesus is there. Walking beside us. Quite literally. Waiting for us to recognize Him, hold His hand in the full knowledge and trust that He will see us through our darkest hour.

It is our doubts, our fears and our worries which prevent us from seeing Him.

8 comments:

  1. AMEN, Victor! Your words were exactly what I needed today!

    Blessings!

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  2. Sigh. So very, very true.
    Blessings, Aimee

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    1. Hi Aimee. Great to see you visiting me again. Thanx.

      God bless you.

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  3. Hi Victor! I think we were getting the same message from the Holy Spirit. So many emotions block what God is trying to say to us, and even blinding us to his presence.
    I am sure I'd be blinded on that road to Emmaus. Scared witless. I'm not very brave. I hope I'd see Him in the breaking of the bread...
    I love your new image about meeting Jesus. That's really good!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. It's true Ceil that often our own human nature, with its fears and worries (and temptations from the devil) which makes us panic when things go wrong - and we don't see Christ beside us waiting to help.

      God bless you and yours.

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  4. Excellent points my friend. Especially around Easter, I constantly wonder how so many did not recognize the risen Jesus. Did he look that different? Were they that blind? A mystery for sure, but as you point out, we do the very same thing. God bless you.

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    1. I believe that perhaps they were waiting for the Holy Spirit to open their eyes.

      God bless you Michael.

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