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13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, "What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?" They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?" 19 He asked them, "What things?" They replied, "The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him." 25 Then he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?" 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. 28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over." So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24: 13-31)


Many times, we go through the world like these two disciples. We let the world dictate how we think and feel even in our spiritual life. We also allow what we want to dictate and hide the truth especially about God. Notice these two disciples are commenting on who they wanted Jesus to be and that the messiah would not have acted the way Jesus did and certainly would not have been crucified. They had followed Jesus and had seen the miracles but yet accounted them as nothing because he had been crucified. Now they were walking with Jesus and even as Moses and the prophets were once again explained to them they could not believe in their hearts that Jesus was the messiah. This meant throughout their discipleship with Jesus they listened to their own voice and not to his. And because Jesus did not do what they wanted, the way they wanted and in their own time frame they feel their time was wasted. They knew better than God how things should go and Jesus did not follow their rules so now they go back to life as usual. They at least have the decency of hospitality to invite the stranger in for a meal and probably a bed for the night as was the custom of the day. What did they talk about I wonder up until the time of the meal? Would it have mattered? At the meal when Jesus broke the bread then they realized who they had been talking to. But Jesus vanishes so they could say nothing. Would they have asked for forgiveness for doubting him?

32 They said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?"33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!" 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Luke. 24:32-35)


The disciples cannot ask for forgiveness directly from Jesus but they do run back to Jerusalem to see the other disciples and tell them of what occurred. In the fellowship of those who believe they found strength to add to the resurrection account of the other disciples. They were able to once again walk with each other in faith and continue the ministry of Jesus too their various communities and for those communities to help all others who needed the word and works of the gospel. We latter day Christians should take heed of this gospel. We can walk with Jesus but have our minds filled with what we expect instead of being open to what Jesus expects from us. If we expect God to follow our expectations of him instead of following the path God has laid out for each of us we will be like those disciples-speaking to God without acknowledging him. Then we may not be able to see him even in the breaking of the bread.


If one wants to walk with Jesus then one must walk and listen for only then we will be on our God given path for this world. We must do more than walk with Jesus. We must invite him in not just for a meal and then send him on his way in the morning. We must invite Jesus in to the very depths of our hearts and souls. Only then will we see him in the breaking of the bread and in the hearts and souls of all those around us. Then we can go on to serve the one who went to the cross so we all would receive the gift of salvation and eternal life with him.
2 and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2)


Do more than walk with Jesus, invite him in,
Pastor Flavia

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