Now I Can See!

(Thoughts from the road to Emmaus)

Luke 24:30-35 (NLT)  As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them.  Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!  They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”  And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them,  who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

One day, after Jesus had risen from the grave,  Jesus met two men. They were disciples who knew of Jesus and were walking the road to a town called Emmaus.  They were overwhelmed with grief over an unexpected turn of events.  In their limited understanding, all their hopes were dashed when they saw Jesus crucified.  At the time they could not recognize that the stranger they were talking with was indeed Jesus Himself!

Jesus did not embarrass or shame them, but instead, he befriended them.  They had a meal together and Jesus patiently showed them from Scripture that the Messiah had to suffer, die, and then finally He would rise again.
After this time of confusion and clarification, “suddenly, Their eyes were opened and they recognized him.”   It is after they recognized the resurrected Jesus that they could replace their despair with new understanding and determination.  What seemed like a painful trial suddenly turned into a testimony for all to hear.   Rather than dwelling on the misunderstood past, they celebrated the truth of the risen Savior and made their mission to tell others the Good News.
Since everyone goes through times of feeling unexpected despair, let us remember we have a God who is patient with us and seeks to reveal Himself to us.  When our eyes are opened to seeing the resurrected Jesus everything changes.  Thank you, Lord, for Easter morning!

Pastor Tom