Monday, April 27, 2009

Day 117 Two dejected disciples

Luke 24, The Road to Emmanus: dejected and downcast disciples.
These two disciples didn't join their "companions" to check out the women's story that Jesus was no longer in the tomb. They believed what the disciples reported and their hopes were dashed. The companions, as they referred to the disciples who checked out the tomb for themselves, ran towards the place where Jesus laid. These two went home.
I see the main difference between the disciples who went and the circle of friends/companions was one of devotion. They may have traveled with Jesus, but they didn't see themselves as disciples of Jesus.

Cleopas and his friend had been physically with Jesus and looked forward to the revolution that Jesus was to bring, they weren't expecting a resurrection first! One day there will be a revolution but in the meantime, we preach Christ Crucified and Risen from the dead. Our redemption and ministry of reconciliation is for today, and we will receive grace for the day that Christ will be revealed.

Afterward Jesus explained to them the scriptures "Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him (v31) Like Job(chpt 42:4-6) who said of YHWH, "My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes."

To give the two dejected friends credit, they physically turned around (repented) and ran to Jerusalem. They didn't jump up and go to the tomb that morning but that same night ran back to Jerusalem. Once a person has met with Jesus, devotion naturally follows.

1 comment:

  1. I like what the two disciples said in responses to Jesus speaking with them on the road to Emmaus "Did not our hearts burn wthin us while he talked with us on the road and while he opened the Scriptures to us?" That is how I feel when God speaks to me through his word.

    Shirley Fay