04/16/2014 in: Inspirationon
That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. — Luke 24:13-16
It’s easy to read this passage and think “How in the world were they not recognizing Jesus?!?” But taking into account what they said, I can appreciate what they were going through. They were sad, hurting, afraid, and confused. And Jesus kept them from recognizing Him.
NOT RECOGNIZING JESUS IN MY OWN LIFE
A few days ago, I ran into a former co-worker. It had been over a year since we connected, so there was a lot to catch up on. After the initial questions of small talk, the conversation turned to our former workplace. She left about nine months after I did, and gave me some insight on how things went. Hearing the stories, change, and “occurrences” reminded me of the goodness of God. I realized how I often have my eyes closed to the reality of Christ and His direction in my life. A renewed sense of the sovereignty and grace of God swept over me during our conversation.
I don’t always recognize Christ in my daily life. From my everyday encounters, to those monumental life events, do I truly open my eyes to see Jesus? In times where my family is sick, finances are tight, or work is stressful, do I remember to look for Christ? Fortunately, Jesus gives us “breaking of bread” reminders to gently lead, guide, and direct us.
JESUS OPENS OUR EYES
When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. — Luke 24:30-31
Like these two disciples, I need the jolts, nudges, and reminders to open my eyes to the risen Christ. Thankfully, Jesus “interprets to us in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself”. He leads us by the Holy Spirit to open our eyes.
Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. — Luke 24:25
I am thankful that Jesus makes Himself known through everyday events. It’s up to me to proclaim the risen Christ to others and remember that “The Lord has risen indeed!”