I thank God we are not called to walk alone in ministry but have the privilege of walking together. It’s wonderful to walk together in times of clear blessing but there are times of great challenge that we walk in.
In Luke 24 we read how these two men are talking about the events that have happened in the recent days that has had a huge impact on them… they are walking away from Jerusalem.
Can you imagine how they are deep in thought when they are joined by a fellow traveler…
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognising him.
He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, ‘Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?’
19 ‘What things?’ he asked.
‘About Jesus of Nazareth,’ they replied. ‘He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.’
I can just hear their troubled hearts and minds through their words…
25 He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
I think this was a tender rebuke. Jesus opens up the scriptures to them. Remember they had spoken of Jesus so clearly but still hadn’t recognised him.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going further. 29 But they urged him strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them.
I have asked myself many times why did they ask him to stay with them. Were they just being kind? Or were they feeding from this man’s words ….was their HOPE being restored?
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him, and he disappeared from their sight.
Suddenly their eyes were open… Don’t you just love it when that happens… when you’re in a time of pressure and challenge and you suddenly see where previously you couldn’t.
32 They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’
I love this verse, their hearts and lives were reignited as they walked together with Jesus. My hearts desire is that as we travel along life’s road together… and as we talk with each other we will recall his faithfulness. And He would come and walk with us by his Holy Spirit and that our hearts would burn with the love of God.
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognised by them when he broke the bread.