Recognize | Devotion #2: What?
Debbie Kerr | Office Administrator
I remember as a young girl often looking at a painting that hung on the wall in our house. It was a picture of Jesus walking on a brightly lit road with two men. As a young girl, I did not fully understand that this picture was a rendering of the amazing story in Luke chapter 24. I am not sure why I never asked my parents what the painting was about, all I knew in my young understanding was that Jesus walks alongside us on the road of life. However, the story behind this particular walk carried a much greater significance.
This significant walk that is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke is an event that took place right after Jesus’ death. As you can imagine, there was great heaviness and despair among Jesus’ followers. Their hopes and dreams had been shattered when Jesus died on the cross. This account in Luke chapter 24 tells the story of two men walking along a road that led seven miles out of Jerusalem to a town called Emmaus. As they journeyed, they talked about what had just happened and the effect it would have on their lives. As they continued on their journey, a man unrecognizable to them, joined them. This “unknown” man asked them what they were talking about, “And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?’ And he said to them, ‘What things?’ And they said to him, ‘Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him’” (Luke 24:17-21). Little did they know they were walking with the risen Christ.
We read in the Gospels that Jesus told His followers about His death and resurrection, even the women who saw the empty tomb proclaimed to them that He indeed had risen. But they were still doubting and blinded to the truth. There is a big difference in knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus personally. They were unable to see Jesus and believe because their faith was weak, and had lost all hope. As they lamented, this “stranger” stayed close. One of the lessons here is that Jesus seeks us out and meets us where we are. The reason they did not recognize Him was all part of the plan. Jesus did not reveal who He was because He was testing their faith. We often make the same mistake and base our belief system on our circumstances. Jesus did not leave them by the wayside because of their unbelief, He lovingly saw their hearts and opened their eyes to who He was.
Has Jesus ever tried to get your attention, but you looked everywhere else for the answer? When we begin to recognize Jesus for all that He is, we start to rest in the assurance of His great love for us. God’s Word is true and faithful 100% of the time. He is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do every time! Do you completely trust Him or are you like these men, focused on your disappointing circumstances? Pray today to have the eyes of faith and begin to walk in the fullness of His promises. Faith is the lens that enables us to see the miracle in the mess!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace. – Helen Lemmel