Company On The Road To Emmaus – Sunday Thought For The Day
The following is an excerpt from my book titled: “Alone With Jesus: How I Start Each Day.”
In the Gospel of Luke, the beloved Doctor shares the poignant account of Cleopas and another person walking together on the road to Emmaus following the resurrection of Christ.
We’re told that as they walked along discussing the events that they had just witnessed, i.e., the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord, a man unrecognized to either person enjoined them. We know the rest of the account; how as the man walked with them he questioned them regarding that which they discussed and the reason for their sadness. We are told by Luke that the man listened intently and then Himself shared the scriptures pertaining to what they had just witnessed beginning with Moses and all of the prophets. We know the man feigned his intention to continue beyond the village of Emmaus, but that Cleopas and the other disciple insisted he stay and have dinner with them in their home. And that it was after they had finished dining that their eyes were opened and they knew it was the Resurrected Lord who was in their presence.
Here is my point. Sometimes we are going along so caught up in the events of life that we lose ourselves in our circumstances. We become so consumed by circumstances that we do not recognize Jesus is walking with us as we journey through the troubling moments.
It goes further to say that even when a fellow believer shares with us the word of God we are still too consumed by our situation(s) that we fail to recognize that Christ, Himself is ministering to us through them. And then there comes that moment of clarity or spiritual awakening, when we realize that Jesus was with us all the time. He was not only with us, but He was listening to us as we explained what we were going through.
We have the great Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. It is up to us to not just believe that He is true but we must also recognize those moments that He is walking with us listening to us explain our circumstances, right up until the moment that He removes the fog from our eyes and we experience “The Answer” to our problems.
That my friends is called taking our problems to Christ in prayer and sharing our thoughts, feelings, concerns, and even our doubts to Him in prayer. As we do that we will find that He is right there, walking beside us as we travel our Emmaus Road.
READ: Luke 24 (KJV)
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words,
9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here