Tuesday, 26 April 2011

My Emmaus.

Just after Christ’s Resurrection, two of His followers were going to Emmaus. (Luke 24: 13-35).

They were totally distraught about Jesus’ death, and even though there was now news that His tomb is empty and that Christ is alive, they were still down-hearted and confused.

Jesus appeared to them on the way. They did not recognize Him. They spoke with Him and told Him their news. They said that their Lord and leader had been crucified, and there were rumours going around that He was alive again.

Jesus did not tell them who He was but explained to them the prophets’ predictions about Him. He walked with them all the way to Emmaus, but still they did not recognize Him. It wasn’t until He broke and blessed the bread that they recognized Him.

Why? I ask myself.

Why did they not recognize Him when they first saw Him, or when He took the time to explain to them the writings of the prophets?

Could it be that their minds were more pre-occupied with their problems and their dilemma rather than listening to Him?

You can just imagine how their mind worked and how concerned they were about their predicament.

Their leader is dead. What are they to do now? Is it all over? Every thing He said and taught comes to nothing? And what of the future? What are His followers to do now?

But aren’t we just the same.

How often do events touch our lives and turn it upside down. Events perhaps of our making, or events that we did not contribute to but they affect us all the same.

And we panic. What are we to do now? What will happen next?

We fear the future, we fear matters getting out of our control and we turn our attention to our problems and our dilemma. Just like those two on the way to Emmaus.

Yet, all the time we are panicking Jesus is there. Walking beside us. Quite literally. Waiting for us to recognize Him, hold His hand in the full knowledge and trust that He will see us through our darkest hour.

It is our doubts, our fears and our worries which prevent us from seeing Him.


  1. What a great post Victor, and a good reminder.

    Every Easter, I find myself wondering how the Apostles could not "know" that Jesus was going to rise in 3 days just like he said, and how they could not "know" it was Him walking with them.

    I guess its all too easy when you know the whole story like we do, and forget all the things we "know" and miss today.

    God Bless you.

  2. I've so often wondered about this story. I guess we can never really put ourselves in their shoes. If you'd watched your teacher, who you thought was the Messiah, die, how could it enter your mind that the man walking down the road with you was Him?

    I like your comparison to the way we walk through life all wrapped up in our concerns, oblivious to Jesus right beside us. I'll try to remember that when I'm going through troubles.

  3. Hello Michael and Sarah,

    Isn't it really just like us sometimes to be so preocupied with our troubles to remember that Jesus is there right beside us.

    God bless.

  4. Yes, we humans definitely have a habit of getting wrapped up in ourselves. To our own detriment. Great insights here, Victor!

  5. Thank you Mary for your visit and comment.

    We certainly tend to focus on our own lives rather than focus on the Lord above.

    God bless.

  6. Thank you. I needed this today.

    "Yet, all the time we are panicking Jesus is there."

    Yes...so true. So simple.



God bless you.