What we can learn from… the travellers on the Road to Emmaus

  1. Keep your eyes open for Jesus

‘As they talked and discussed … with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognising him’ Luke 24:14–16

Would you recognise Jesus if He appeared alongside you whilst you were out strolling with a friend? We need to get to know Jesus to recognise when He is nearby. To listen when He is speaking to us.

  1. Jesus is present, even in our disappointment.

It becomes clear in the passage from Luke that the people walking on the road to Emmaus are a bit disheartened, disappointed in fact.

‘One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days? … Jesus of Nazareth … was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel”’ Luke 24: 17 –21

They are obviously disappointed – ‘we had hoped’. Their hopes died with Jesus on the cross, as surely there’s no way that the son of God would have died in such a shameful way, right?

Their disappointment keeps their eyes closed to the reality that Jesus is walking right next to them!

  1. Jesus is patient

Jesus could have rebuked the two walking on the road, He could have challenged their faith, “stop being so stupid, don’t you know your Bibles, of course Jesus isn’t dead – I’m Jesus!” But, no, instead waits patiently. He waits to revel Himself to them by pointing them to Scripture and then later by meeting them in their home. Jesus doesn’t force Himself upon anyone, but if we’re open to listen He’s waiting to speak to us through His Word and meet with us.

 

Some questions you could discuss in your small group after reading Luke 24:13–17 together:  

How clear is your vision of Jesus?

Is your vision of Jesus blurred – and if yes, what could be done to make it clear again?

Are you disappointed with anyone, or maybe with yourself? Give these disappointments to God and ask Him to help you let go, forgive and move forwards.

Is there anything you could do to encourage one another to read you Bible more and apply God’s Word to your life?