Recognize | Devotion #3: Where?
Max Sinclair | Children’s Director
As I look upon some of my fondest memories, I can see that it all started on a road. My road trip across the country to be stationed in Washington, and the return trip back with my sister. There was also a road trip where I connected with a woman who would soon become my wife, the road home from the office where I ponder and pray. These roads have a profound effect on my life, where I can pinpoint where I was going and what I was doing.
Roads have been important in our lives not only scripturally but in American culture. Here in Michigan, we have the first paved road in America, automobiles, and we have the interstate act of 1956. Thanks, Eisenhower.
As we start to tell the story of what happened after the death and resurrection of Christ, we want to look at His revelation to certain people and the effect that it had, but with that, we want to answer some questions, much like a reporter. So, in this correspondence, I will be covering the where.
It is not exactly known where the small village of Emmaus was in relation to Jerusalem. We only know that it was seven miles away (Luke 24:13). While walking on this road, two men were approached by a stranger that would then change their lives forever. As this stranger walked with the two men, He asked them what they were discussing. Dumbfounded that a man would not know what it is that they are talking about, the man named Cleopas answered Him in verses 18-19 saying, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days.” Jesus then asked, “What things?” Cleopas goes on to tell the story of what Jesus went through and that Cleopas had believed that He was the Messiah to deliver Israel, but He had died and yet His tomb is empty.
One can hear Jesus laugh as he talks about how it was important that Jesus had to suffer, “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” (Luke 24:26). Finally, they arrive at the place they were staying in Emmaus, and Jesus revealed to them who He is, and they went to tell the disciples what had just happened on the seven-mile road from Jerusalem.
While these two men were discouraged and felt beaten, in seven miles, Jesus shared with them that these things needed to happen for us to be saved. The punishment needed to be delivered so that we may never feel the wrath of God poured out on us. Within seven miles these men understood the task that Jesus had to fulfill and believed that what He did was enough for us. Sometimes we think that it is what we do that we deserve Jesus, sometimes we need to walk along a road for Him to show up and show us the truth.
I remember listening to a recorded sermon of one of my favorite pastors, Pastor Matt Chandler. In this sermon, I remember him hitting the point of the glory of God and that we need just to look up and see His beauty. Instantly, tears ran down my face as I began to think about it.
These two men taking a road trip just needed to look up, and they would have seen the glory of God, Jesus.