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Jesus Walked With Them

Jesus Walked With Them

11 October 2010

Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 5-6; Psalm 146; Luke 24

Scripture:

13 That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. 14 They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. 15 In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. (Luke 24:13-15 MSG)

Two of Jesus’ disciples, Cleopas and another man, not even counted among the top twelve, were walking from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus, seven miles away. It was Resurrection Day, late in the afternoon, and they were trying to decide what to do with the rest of their lives, now that their Master was dead.

As they shuffled along, discouraged and downcast, Jesus came up to them, catching them off guard, and walked and talked with them for the next hour and a half. Then when they reached their village, he went to the house with them and continued the discussion at the supper table. They finally recognized him in the familiar act of blessing and breaking the bread.

On Resurrection Day, when the whole world needed to know that Jesus was alive, he could have rocked the world by appearing in Jerusalem to Annas and Caiaphas and Pilate and Herod! Yet when even the core group of Jesus’ Eleven didn’t yet know he was alive, he spent a couple of hours on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus with a couple of guys who weren’t even part of the inner circle!

Jesus’ values are different from our values. His thinking is different from the thinking patterns we’ve learned. If I learn to value what Jesus values and think like he thinks, I’ll begin to realize that the time I spend with one individual at a point of need or opportunity may be the most important thing – the most eternally significant thing – I do all week. I’ve got so much to learn!

Prayer:

Father, Help me to learn Jesus’ values. Help me to learn to watch and listen like Jesus does. Help me to learn to think like Jesus thinks. Help me to be sensitive to the needs and opportunities you put in my path every day and help me to be flexible to make the Jesus choice. And thanks for the reminder that Jesus loves me. Amen.

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