“That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” (Luke 24:13-16)
As I listened to this passage this morning, I couldn’t help but think how many of us fail to recognise Jesus in our everyday lives. He’s right there with us, but we don’t recognize He’s even there. The two disciples were distraught at the events that occurred over the weekend, and thought that Jesus was going to restore the kingdom to Israel, setting them free from Roman oppression. From the start they had their eyes on an earthly kingdom. But Jesus explained to them on the road that what happened to Him was meant to happen in this way. Starting from Moses, Jesus explained everything to them…that would have been an amazing talk to listen to!
Are you focussed so much on the things that you’re going through today, that you don’t recognize Jesus? Are you focussed on worldly things that you fail to recognize the true reason for Jesus coming into the world and dying? This story is a good reminder for this.
Do you know when they did recognize Him? As soon as He broke the bread! As soon as He showed them the sign of the new covenant, made in His Body and Blood, their eyes were opened! This is why communion is so important. Through recognizing the covenant Jesus made through His sacrifice, we recognise Jesus Himself. When we take the time to sit down and spend time with Him, being thankful for what He has done for us – then we will truly see and know Him the way He wants us to.
As the disciples were on the road to Emmaus, we are on the road of life, and sometimes the road can be steep, windy, have rough corrugations or alternatively smooth bitumen and straight. But whatever the condition of the road, Jesus wants to be with you on it and help you through it. Allow Him to be with you on the road today by focussing on Him and what He has done in your life…and if you can’t think of anything He has done for you, try starting at the cross.