[CF Devotionals] 2014-03-17 - What Would Cleopas Say?

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Luke 24:13-51

Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. (Luke 24:31)

Jesus had just been crucified, and I and another follower of Jesus were walking to the village of Emmaus. While we walked, the two of us talked about Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. I could talk about a safer topic like the weather or scenery along this long hike, but I did not. Perhaps talking about Jesus’ death was my way of coming to terms with the heartbreak.

Suddenly a stranger began walking with us, and asked what we were discussing. I told our new walking companion (a.k.a. Jesus) all about Jesus’ miracles, and His high regard by God and some men. I could not believe this man had not heard about the Messiah’s tragic death. I went on to tell Him an astonishing tale. Some of His disciples were saying that Jesus’ body was missing from the tomb, and angels had said He was alive! I wasn’t easily convinced. Our new traveling companion reminded me what the Scriptures say about the Lord. I had no idea He was talking about Himself.

Later on, we realized who He was. It was Jesus. Instantly, He wasn’t a stranger after all. It was amazing! As quickly as our realization came, Jesus was gone. He disappeared. The things I could have asked Him, if only I knew, if only I saw the man for who He really is.

Lord, It’s easy to follow You when it’s convenient, or if the right people are around. Somehow that’s not enough anymore. I don’t want to spend another day without You, so please give me the right thoughts and desires, so I may remain guilt-free, and can help others who have been tormented just like I have been. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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