(13) And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about three furlongs. (14) And they talked together of all these things which had happened. (15) And it came to pass, that while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. (16) But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. (17) And he said unto them, What manner of communication are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk and are sad. (Luke 24: 13-17 KJV)
Have you ever been in a situation, when you were certain that things would go one way, but instead the opposite happened? We’ve all been there. Maybe you didn’t land the job or the promotion fell through right when you finally purchased your dream house, maybe it was a parent who fell sick right when you finally got your last child out of the house or right when you just had a new baby. It could have been a divorce at a time in your life when you thought that you could just breathe and relax. This is what it was like for these two disciples. One named Cleopas the other unnamed. This was after the Crucifixion of Jesus. Many of the Jews had set there hopes of him being their Messiah, but three days before Jesus was crucified and put to death. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome, had went to Jesus’s tomb to prepare his body for burial, but when they got there his body wasn’t there! What do you do when that which you were hoping for dies and you can no longer bury it, because when you go back to where you left it. It’s gone? The Jews were right in Jesus being the Messiah, but they were wrong in how he was going to save them. Jesus is the promise but for a moment it had to look as though the promise had died. There is someone right now who is looking at their situation and it doesn’t look like anything that God has promised you. In fact it look the complete opposite and now you’re wondering if God is going to do it. Did he really promise it to you or was it something you wanted so badly that you convinced your self that it was God. God is going to do it for you just be prepared cause it’s not going to look at all how you think that it should look.
Verse 13 says that And behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. I looked up the meaning of the town Emmaus and I found out that it means hot springs. Hot springs is a spring of naturally hot water, or better yet a spring whose water is at a higher temperature than that of its surroundings. I want for you to pay attention to this. These two men were leaving Jerusalem which means the city of peace and they were on the road to Emmaus which is a hot springs. In other words they were leaving that place of peace to head to a place where the temperatures were higher in that surroundings. Just because the promises is not panning out the way that you thought. Don’t leave your Jerusalem ( a place of peace)only to end up on the road to Emmaus ( a place of high temperatures). Verse 14 and 15 says And they talked together of all these things which had happened (15) And it came to pass, that while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. Now as there on the road to Emmaus they’re talking among themselves. I love how the verse says as they communed among one another about the events which had just taken place they reasoned. To reason means to explain or try to justify an action or an event, it means to form a judgement by a process of logic. How many times have we done the same thing? How many times have we tried to find reason and justification if not with each other than at least in our own minds of why the situation didn’t turn out the way we expected, We say things like, well maybe I didn’t hear from God or I misunderstood what he was telling me. Maybe God is going to do it another way. Keep in mind that as they are walking they are getting further away from Jerusalem that peace and there getting closer to Emmaus that hot spring. I believe that the more that they tried to reason among themselves the hotter it got. The more that they reasoned and tried to find logic in what happened the more that they were not at peace. The more that we try to make sense of the things that we don’t understand, that thing in which God allowed ( he allowed Jesus to be crucified) the further that we get away from the peace that God intended for us to have. Gods word says in Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my way. We need to try to quit reasoning among ourselves why something is not happening the way that we think that it should. Our thoughts is not his we just need to trust in his promises even when it looks the complete opposite. I love how verse 15 says that it came to pass as they walked Jesus himself drew near and went with them. I love this because it shows me that no matter what road that we may find ourselves on. Jesus himself will draw near to us but verse 16 tells us that there eyes were holden that they should not know. Some times Jesus will walk with us and we don’t know that it is him. Some times our circumstances will have us so blind that even though we are walking with Jesus he won’t let us recognize him. At least not immediately.
In Verse 17 he said unto them, What manner of communication are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk and are sad? what I’m about to say next isn’t for everyone in this particular moment. This is for those who find themselves living and walking for Christ, but something happened along the way that yes your walking, but your’re sad. Your sad because the promise didn’t happen when you thought that it should have happened, your sad because your marriage fell apart, you lost your job, you’ve been sick for a long time, your church is losing memberships, and even though you are walking with God you just can’t see him in your situation. I mentioned in one of my earlier post that I written a few weeks back that this season of my life is one of the hardest seasons that I’ve had to endure. I’m not going to lie I wanted to give up so many times, because things were not happening the way I wanted them to and how I wanted them to. I’m in a season of walking while I am sad. God always brings this scripture to my mind when I’m in this season because it reminds me, Why are you sad, I am walking with you. I know that just because I may not see him in my situation that he is there walking besides me. Especially now. This is to all of the others who are walking as they are sad. Know that especially now that Jesus is walking besides you. In Job it says (8) Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him. (9) On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand that I cannot see him: (10) But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. ( Job 23: 8-10). So why as we walk are we sad. God says that I am doing a work that you can’t see. He’s doing the work on the left hand but he’s hiding himself on the right. In other words he’s positioned himself where you can’t see him, but the next verse says that he knows the way that we take. In essence that’s all that matters is that he knows where we are, that he knows the road that we take. If you don’t believe me take look at the two men on the road to Emmaus. Jesus met them on that road and he drew near to them and not them drawing near to him, because he knew where to find them. He knew exactly what road they would be on.
I’m going to leave you with this. A few verses later in verse 31 I’m just going to paraphrase it says that their eyes were opened and that they knew him, that’s when he vanished but they noticed that while Jesus had walked and talked with them, that they had begun to feel different. That’s a sign that Jesus has been walking with you, you begin to feel different. I love that Jesus knew when to appear to him and the moment that they knew him he vanished! What I really wanted to point out though in Verse 33 it says that in that same hour they returned to Jerusalem. They returned to that place of peace. Where the eleven were gathered, you see they had to return it was those waiting on them who had to hear that indeed Christ had risen. Gods says return to your Jerusalem, I know you left because what I promised didn’t happen how you thought that it would, I know that you left and as you left you tried to find logic and reason and I know that events that occurred has made you sad, but go back cause there’s some people who needs to know the truth that Christ is not dead but that he has indeed risen! I asked the question earlier what do you do when what you were hoping for dies and we can’t bury it because it’s no longer where we left it. The answer is that we quit looking for it among the dead! What God has promised is alive and well. Your not going to find it among that which is dead.