Recognize | Devotion #6: How?
Tommy Youngquist | Children’s Pastor
“I still cannot believe what everyone did to Jesus!”
“I know, man; I wish we could have done something to help.”
Can you imagine what the two believers on the road to Emmaus were talking about as they traveled? The conversation had to be heavy! The Bible says that these two men were believers in Jesus, but the region had just witnessed Jesus being killed! Think about it. These believers just witnessed the crucifixion of the person they were putting all of their hope in to save them. Their hero was dead!
As they were walking and talking, someone catches up to them and joins them in their travel and conversation. The stranger asked them, “What are you guys talking about?” With their faces downcast, they report to this stranger that their hero was just crucified and now they are confused as to where their hope lies. Then the stranger starts to give them a motivational pep talk. The Bible specifically says, “He said to them, ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!’ Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” (Luke 24:25).
Every time I read this pep talk, it serves as a reminder to me to not lose heart. Like these two travelers, I will get depressed about my call in Jesus and wonder if it is true. I know, but I do! I cannot believe that I think that, but if I am telling the truth, I do. It is as if I know that Jesus finished everything and I can wholeheartedly trust that, but I wonder where He is at sometimes. Just when I find myself thinking this way, it is like Jesus disguises Himself as someone to slap me upside the head and kick my rear back in gear.
The best part of the story is that the two travelers invite the stranger to stay at their house and it is during dinner. The stranger reveals to them that He is Jesus! Their hope is restored, and that toxic, depressive thinking dissipates.
I love it when Jesus does that for me. He is the ultimate hope, and we can rely on Him. When you start to think negatively, be open to a motivational pep talk from Jesus, even if it is disguised as something besides Him.