When Jesus died, hope died; it was buried along with him in Joseph’s tomb. Sorrow, indignation and doubt blinded the two friends as they walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The death shroud that had so recently held Jesus still covered their eyes. Jesus was alive with them but they were consumed with their own story and so intent on talking about Jesus they missed an opportunity to talk with him.
It was in the breaking of the bread that life returned to their sorrowing eyes and grieving hearts. At last they recognized Jesus. He was with them even as they walked in the blindness of doubt.
- In what areas of your life has hope died?
- Who is your friend that shares your sorrow?
- Jesus is walking with you right now, what keeps you from recognizing him?
Let us learn from the error of these two friends, stop talking about Jesus and instead talk to him. And let us follow their example, when Jesus gives clarity about an issue or reassurance of the truth, let us rush to share it with our friends.
Written for Community Bible Church’s weekly devotion.
Profound. Thank you, Debby.
Deep calls to deep. May the constant call of God’s love bring you hope.
Thank you so much, Debby.
In my NY yard, crocus are blooming, even through the snow; reminding me that hope, though it may lie dormant for a season, gaining needed resources and awaiting the proper time, breaks through with joy. Let us hope in God and praise him still.