Walking Together

     The first week after Easter Sunday begins the time of appearances of Jesus in the Galilee prior to Pentecost and the Ascension of Christ. The Emmaus Road experience is the most dramatic of all Jesus' post-resurrection appearances. Cleopas and his companion were sharing with each other everything that had happened to Jesus, but failed to recognize who He really was.  Jesus hid Himself from their understanding, and their conversation with Him is definitely revealing as to where they stand with Jesus. Their comment to Him, β€œSome say He is alive," reveals that they themselves were not convinced, and at that moment, they would be recognized as unbelievers.

     Once again the centrality of the Christian faith is to know with certainty that Jesus is God the Son, and that His mission on earth is to redeem us back to God the Father.   When we do not mention the Resurrection, or that Jesus is the only way to God the Father, we weaken our understanding of what the purpose is for Jesus coming to die on the cross, and ultimately raised from the dead.

     How do we keep from falling into the same dilemma as Cleopas as we travel down our own Emmaus Road? The answer is compelling. Recognizing that Jesus is present with us in every situation that we encounter is essential to keeping us from an ambiguous and uncertain view of our eternal future. Many Christians fall into this realm of uncertainty which weakens their grasp of the power of Christ. Jesus may look like He's hidden from your situation, but I can assure you He is fully aware of you and ready to present you with wisdom and peace in dealing with the difficulties of everyday life. Remember, Jesus said He will never leave you nor forsake you. He walks alongside of you every day, every moment, forever!  Praise Him for His love for us!

Jim LetiziaComment