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 recognizing him. 17 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.” 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. 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 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. 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 recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 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?” 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 recognized by them when he broke the bread.
The long passage, I know, but powerful. Look at these two men walking side by side with Jesus, and they didn’t even realize they were right next to him the entire time.
A few things come to mind when I read this. Sometimes we walk with Jesus in our journey, and we may not even be aware of how he interjects and prompts us with questions.
There are also many times where he may wait for the perfect opportunity to show you it was Him there with you the entire time. I know this can be said when walking through hard seasons.
You can’t see it at the moment, but when you get passed it, you look back, and you will see how Jesus was there the whole time.
I hope as we go about our days, we realize just how important it is to communicate with Jesus daily. I hope we keep our eyes open for when he talks. I hope when he makes himself visible, we can see him clearly, and our hearts burn.
What a blessing to live a life with Him!
Jesus, sometimes you walk with us, and we are too blind to see how you’ve been with us every step of the way. Remind us that you never leave us. Remind us that you are always there to protect, to love, to fight on our behalf. We thank you for the blessing that you are. We honor you this week; we love you with everything in us, AMEN!
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