The Road to Emmaus or Look Who’s Walking Beside You–Devotion 6

Read Luke 24:13-35

Shattered hopes and dreams. That was the basis of the discussion of the two people walking the road to Emmaus. Their plaintive cry is recorded in verse 21 of the passage:

“… but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel…”

The words are so full of disappointment and despair. To them everything was gone. Perhaps they were asking themselves just what they had done to deserve this kind of treatment. What king of God would string them along with such promise and hope only to let them down with a resounding bang. They had put their trust in this God-man, gave up everything they had, risked their lives for him. But now he’s dead. Dead and buried. Gone–along with their hopes and dreams.

Their eyes were so full of tears and their hears too broken to recognize who their walking companion was. It wasn’t until later when he broke bread with them at the table that their eyes were opened and their sadness and despair turned to joy and thanksgiving.

  1. When have you been blinded by disappointment or hurt? How were your eyes opened to healing?
  2. Why do you think Jesus didn’t reveal himself immediately to his friends as they walked together. What was the recognition factor?
  3. How does Jesus reveal himself to you in your walk together?

For posts about continuing to hope see::

What is Hope?

The Hope of Christmas

Billy Graham on Hope

This entry was posted in August 2021: Journeying with Jesus and tagged by jculler1972. Bookmark the permalink.

About jculler1972

My husband is the retired pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters, three grandchildren and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was published in 2016 by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches).

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