Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Luke 24:13-24

v. 13-24 "Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.  They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.  As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing Him.  He asked them, 'What are you discussing together as you walk along?'"  The disciples told what had happened.  "About Jesus of Nazareth, He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all people.  The chief priests and our rulers handed Him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified Him; 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.  In addition, some of our women amazed us.  They went to the tomb early this morning but didn't find His body.  They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said He was alive.  Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see."

These two were disciples, but not in the group of eleven.  They were walking away from Jerusalem, they were going the wrong direction.  We are likely to miss Him when we are walking away from other believers and are preoccupied with our own issues.  They were sad at the events that took place and were discussing what it all meant.  They did not even recognize Jesus when He was with them on the path.  Were they so overwhelmed with their problems that they couldn't see Him?  The news of His death was spreading quickly since the Jews were in town for Passover.  They thought this was the end, their hopes had been extinguished.  We do not have to have all the answers, we just have to know what is important.  These men knew the Old Testament prophecies, they heard the news from the women and some of the other disciples that the tomb was empty.  They still did not understand what was happening, they couldn't see what was just beyond the horizon.  We do not know the plans God has in store for us, we are to have faith that He knows exactly what He is doing. 

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