Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures? (Luke 24:32)
Walking with good company makes the trip less arduous. I imagine that’s what it was like for Cleopas and his friend as a new walking companion joined them on their seven mile journey to Emmaus. These men were grieving. Deeply hurt by what had transpired over the weekend, they left Jerusalem. Perhaps they thought they could merely leave it all behind, return to their homes and families, their work, their everyday lives. Maybe they believed they could somehow put everything back to the way it was.
If Easter teaches us anything (and wow does Easter teach us a lot!), you can’t shake Jesus off that easily! You can’t simply put Him out of your mind. Things are never normal again when you spend time with Him! You can’t ignore what you’ve seen and heard.
Jesus came marching back from death; marching beside a couple followers who had given up hope. As the three companions walked that seven miles, gradually the possibility of hope returned. Jesus opened up the Scriptures and blew open their minds and hearts to understand them! From Genesis through Malachi, the Word of God points to the Son of God and Son of Man suffering, dying, and being resurrected from the dead! It is all about this Savior!
Hungry after the hike, Cleopas and his friend invited this Stranger to dinner. Truth be told, they couldn’t get enough of the Words He was speaking to them. As they sat down to supper, this new Friend took the bread, blessed it, and passed it out. Something was familiar about all this. Something . . . And then it struck them! This was no Stranger! It was the Lord! They had been speaking with the Lord all this time! It was true! He is risen! The women who visited the grave site so many hours before were right! The angelic vision was not mere wishful thinking! Jesus lives and breathes and walks and talks and opens the minds of believers to the Word that had long ago been spoken about Him! And then Jesus disappeared from their sight. He didn’t leave them, He simply hid Himself from their ability to see Him.
Back to Jerusalem they ran to share this good news with the others!
Walking with good company makes the trip less arduous. Just as Jesus walked with these men from Emmaus, He promises to walk with you. Whether joy or sorrow describes your day, with you Jesus walks. Even when afraid of what today holds in store for you, Jesus walks right along with you. Sometimes He may seem hidden, but He has not left you. “I will not leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6) Lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).” I pray that hearing these words from Jesus today will cause your heart to burn within you, just as the hearts of all Christians of all time have been lit by the power of Jesus’ Word!
Lord Jesus, ignite our hearts to hear Your Word and do Your will. Amen.