The road of despair has a beautiful stranger on it.
Luke 24: 13-24
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him. 17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 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?” 19 “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
It is unclear exactly where Emmaus was situated apart from it being 7 miles from Jerusalem. It is not important where it is nor why the 2 people were going there.
We may find ourselves on the long road to Emmaus. It is long because the journey is so tough. Not because of the dangers we encounter on the road. But It is what we have just left behind.
- They were replaying the traumatic event, the death of their best friend.
- Their walk slowed up, the story was a heavy burden and it slowed them down. (Jesus seemingly caught them up).
- They were a picture of gloom in contrast to the face of Jesus.
- They struggle with the fact that life goes on and this stranger doesn’t appear to have even heard of their big news story.
- They had once been people of hope, but now it is lost.
- They had heard of the testimonies of the women and Peter and John. It was the third day and if Jesus was going to be alive then why hasn’t anyone seen him.
Are you on the road to Emmaus?
You have gone through trauma and you are going through every moment in your mind.
Life is a drudge, getting through the day is such a slog.
You have lost your joy.
You are privately frustrated that others don’t share your gloom.
You have lost hope.
You are agitated because people are talking of spiritual experiences regarding this trauma, but what good is that to you?
The road to Emmaus is a difficult one.
But you are never alone.
Even if today you do not recognise it.