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

The Greatest Bible Study

“They said to each other, ‘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

This has always been one of my favorite passages of scripture, titled in my Bible, “On the Road to Emmaus.”  Two followers of Jesus meet him on the way to a village called Emmaus, shortly after the crucifixion. They do not recognize him and tell him how their teacher was crucified, and that some of the women in their company claimed that He had risen.  Jesus proceeds to lead them in the greatest Bible study of all time:

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27

Finally he reveals himself to them at the evening meal, when he blesses and breaks the bread and gives it to them.  Wouldn’t you love to have an experience like that?  Well, guess what, you can.  We have the very words of Christ, recorded for us in the New Testament gospels;  we have the opportunity to meet with Him in the celebration of communion.  You can meet Him on the road of your own journey.  Ask Him to open your eyes;  do you feel your heart burning?

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