Judges 9:22-10:18; Luke 24:13-53; Psalm 100; Proverbs 14:11-12
The seven mile trek between Jerusalem and Emmaus seemed mighty long for Cleopas and his walking companion. Heavy hearts weighed down by sorrow, grief, and disappointment slowed their steps.
A ‘stranger’ joined them, sensed their dark mood and got them talking–not a bad idea for helping someone dealing with profound loss. He asked questions an the story of Christ’s passion spilled out.
The ‘stranger’ got them thinking– “Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” Luke 24:26
The pace quickened as the ‘stranger’ recounted words abut the Savior using the Scriptures starting with Moses and ending with the prophets:
“I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman…he (Jesus) will crush your head and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15-16
The Lord himself will give you a sign; Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
“For unto a child is born…” Isaiah 9:6
“Behold my servant shall act wisely, he shall be high and lifted up…his appearance was so marred…he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…crushed for our iniquities…although he had done no violence and there was no deceit in his mouth.” Isaiah 52:13-53:9
The ‘stranger’ shared his life story –written and recorded hundreds and thousands of years before.
And their hearts were kindled–were lit up–illuminated by the truth spoken by the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Never doubt the power of God’s word to kindle cold hearts and open eyes to see past the ‘stranger’–to see the Christ!
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” ~ Cleopas and companion, 33 A.D. Luke 24:32
Lord God, thank you for kindling faith in our hearts through you Word and the waters of Baptism. Thank you for keeping the flame alive as we share in the Lord’s Supper. Thank you for not remaining a stranger, but for showing us who you are–a Savior who loved us so much that you gave your life for us. We give you all glory, honor and praise! In your name we pray, Amen.
“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations.”