On: September 4, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
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 recognising him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. Luke 24:13-17
How come they were “kept from recognising him”?
Is there a clue in the following sentence: “… their faces downcast”? It was not that Jesus put a veil between Himself and the walkers. Rather, it was they who could not see who he was. He was out of focus to them, as He was now a spiritual being, albeit with a body. And spiritual insight needs belief. But they were not yet at a place of believing that things had moved on from the crucifixion. They were stuck at the cross. They needed to refocus.
Is this a picture of many Christians today? Stuck at the point where they can only see their own sinfulness and, equally destructively, the sins of others; without moving through grace to forgiveness and release. Staying at the cross can lead to our being joyless and critical. Rolling away that stone and living a resurrection life will lead to freedom for ourselves and generosity to others. Do we want what we deserve – our wages (death) – or will we receive the free gift of eternal life?
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.John 17:3
Father God, grant me belief, that I might gain insight into the truths of Your Kingdom. Amen