Sunday, May 22, 2011

His Presence

I am sorry that I have missed a couple Sundays. That happens when you go out of town three weekends in a row. I haven't forgotten about Easter, though. I wanted to post this one a while ago, but am just getting to it now.

That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was. Luke24: 13-16 (The Message Bible)

It was Easter morning and the tomb where Jesus’s body had been laid had been found empty. Everyone was talking about it, including these two disciples. A stranger started walking with them and asked what was going on. So they told him.

Much later, after an extended discussion as they walked, the three men arrived in town, and the disciples, still not recognizing Jesus, invited him to dinner.

Have you ever been in a store, or at an event at school, maybe even at church, when someone comes up to you and starts talking to you? You wished you knew who they were but your mind is just blank? Don’t you feel foolish when it finally dawns on you who this person is? Or worse yet, when they tell you who they are?

It’s true that in this occurrence in the Bible, Jesus purposely kept from being recognized. But do you think that there are times when Jesus is an intimate part of your life, and you don’t see him? Maybe he’s not walking down the road with you in the form of another person, but I am sure he is at your side at times and you don’t even know it.

He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him. And then he disappeared. Luke 24:30-11 (The Message Bible)

Jesus, Blessed Redeemer, open my eyes. Reveal your holy presence to me so that I may rejoice in your saving grace.

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