The Road to Emmaus or The Road to Despair


The Road to Emmaus or The Road to Despair

The two men walked side-by-side and their conversation was animated but discreet. They were struggling to cope with the reality of what they had witnessed in the days that had just past. Unable to grasp the significance of these events, the two men were bewildered and struggling with feelings of despair. Each man grappled with his own understanding of the brutality that had been displayed. Neither man could fathom the seething hatred that had led to their friend’s death. Nor could either man articulate the turmoil that swirled about them like a dark cloud. Busily engaged in discussing these recent events, they scarcely noticed the stranger that joined them walking on the dirt road. Quietly he listened to their conversation, before He asked questions for clarification. He softly inquired about the nature of the events which had occurred and then He commented on their obvious state of sadness. Both men were surprised by his seeming unawareness of the crucifixion which had occurred on Friday.
Softly, but with great authority, He started to point out to them the reasons why this brutal act had occurred. Using the prophets as His background, the newcomer explained the role of the Messiah related to personal salvation. As they walked along He was able to bring the Scriptures alive, clearly pointing to the crucifixion as a realization of God’s plan for saving mankind. Even as they listened, their hearts were recharged with joy and hope as they came to realize that what appeared to be a great defeat was in fact the source of indescribable joy and hope. Walking down the road in His company, He led them to a personal understanding that there are times when the most painful encounters are merely a prelude to great victory. Their countenance grew light and hope replaced the alarm which had pervaded their prior discussions. The sadness which had accompanied them on their walk from Jerusalem was transformed into a heightened awareness of God’s plan for redeeming mankind.
Only later in the privacy of their own home and in breaking bread, did they come to realize that their companion was the Lord of Life. Jesus was there with them personally engaging them in a deeper understanding of the spiritual realities of life. And in that moment, each of these men knew that the events that they had witnessed had indeed occurred, but the man Jesus was truly the Lord of Life living in their midst. In that brief encounter each of these men were infused with a new spiritual reality. They had experienced individual encounters with truth itself, as a result they would never again struggle or be overcome by a sense of despair and uncertainty. They had an encountered with truth itself which confirmed His words that He IS understanding or compassion, He is the way, the truth and the life.
We as modern day humans walk precarious and painful pathways as we go through our lives. Often times we are led to feel that we walk these pathways without meaningful human. We are like the men on the Road to Emmaus, in that we grapple with the events of the world which hammer us on every side with winds of destruction and despair. We are called to stand together and lean into the wind as one, seeking His counsel in all that we do. So as we walk out our earthly roles, let us draw together in His care and pray as one and purpose in our hearts that His word is true and complete. If we humbly lift our voices in prayer, He is faithful and will guide us according to His will. We may not individually discern His presence in our lives, but His word assures us that He will never leave us or abandon us. So let’s be filled with a spirit of joy, perseverance and individual/family commitment to follow Him no matter what our eyes or ears may reveal about the world. He is faithful.

 
 

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