By Brenda Black
Two weary souls trudged out of Jerusalem sullen and slowly,
having just buried Jesus, along with all semblance of hope.
Think of it – seven miles in sandals and sorrow. Tiny grains of
sand irritatingly rubbed between their toes. Sadness chafed their
hearts. Confusion grated their minds. Then He appears, this clueless
stranger, unaware of their misery it seems.
“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called
Emmaus...They were talking with each other about everything that had
happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other,
Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept
from recognizing him.
“He asked them, 'What are you discussing together as you walk
“They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named
Cleopas, asked him, 'Are you the only one living in Jerusalem who
doesn't know the things that have happened there in these days?'”
For certain, Jesus knew of “the things.” He endured the
unjust trial, bore the fierce beatings, hung in crucifixion. And here
He offers Himself yet again, walking and talking with two forlorn
disciples. He passed the time as they journeyed by speaking to their
hearts and taking their minds off the long walk and the sorrow. He
showed up right on time when they needed a distraction to go the
Seven miles later and a journey from Genesis to Calvary had the
travelers burning in their souls instead of their feet, and ready to
“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave
thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were
opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.”
(Lk. 24:30) Jesus showed up when they were ready to see the truth.
Their seven mile journey back to Jerusalem that very same night
went a little quicker. They ran! The hills seemed flatter, the rocks
smoother, the distance shorter. Nothing about that treacherous road
had varied, but two men were drastically changed. They ran without
the burdens and carried Good News!
The sorrow lifted, the hope
restored and two weary travelers were set free from despair, along
with the rest of the world.
“They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they
found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying,
'It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.' Then the
two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized
by them when he broke the bread.” (Lk. 24:33-35)
In the midst of their thrilling testimony, He shows up again,
right on time as usual. The way prepared, their hearts receptive,
Jesus spoke four simple words: “Peace be with you.”
The Lord did not arrive too early. He did not get there too late.
He entered the scene at the exact moment necessary. When you are
laden with care, He carries the burden and walks with you through the
hardship. When you are willing to listen, He teaches and reaches the
depth of your soul. When you need His presence and proof of His
existence, He'll burst through the door.
Time may drag or time may fly. We may spring forth or turn back
clocks. But nothing will keep the Lord from showing up.
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