Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 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 along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. 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?” (Luke 24:13-18, NIV)
The Jesus who comes sneaking up behind us while we’re trudging along our road to Emmaus in a spirit of discouragement is the Jesus we need to know. But we often think, unfortunately, that Jesus is too good to be true. So we subscribe to the Unbiblical Jesus weekly (whose executive editor is the devil) who walks away from us shaking His head when we lose the fire. And that, my friends, is why this story is so beautiful—it puts on full display the real Jesus who happens upon us when we’re deeply downcast and utterly disconnected from what He’s doing—all in order to set our hearts on fire with holy love again. (Yes, being on fire is a real thing!)
Maybe you can remember a time when you were excited about the things of God and your heart was alive with passion for the Lord, but in a way that was deeper and far better than your own made-up excitement. Maybe it’s been a long time since then and you simply cannot imagine a way back. Well, the Jesus of the road to Emmaus can and He’s more than likely closer to you on your journey to this reality again than you could ever imagine on this side of the beaten path. In fact, you may not even know that you’re on your own personal road to Emmaus right now, but He sure does.
If you find yourself in somewhat of a downcast spirit lately—and perhaps its been a long season—I want you to know there’s a remedy. It’s the transcendent voice of Jesus—the Word of God. Begin to set aside more time to open the pages of Scripture and ask with sincerity to hear His still small voice of thunder. Start confessing your desperation for a season of fresh revelation and your need for eyes that see and ears that hear—until it feels real. Know that for whatever reason there was a disconnect, His benevolent heart is for you and that you’d be reconnected and alive to Him once again.
We’ll talk more about what causes our disconnection in upcoming editions of this blog series, but right off the bat we need to know that Jesus isn’t put off by our current spiritual disengagement or that we don’t even recognize that He’s right beside us asking questions similar to the ones He asked Cleopas and company. He knows just what to ask, just what to say and just how to breathe on those dimly glowing embers in the fireplace of our heart.
He knows how to get us blazing again.
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