By Pam Horton
In Luke 24:13-35, often titled "The Walk to Emmaus," we read about the two men walking and talking about the events of the time, specifically the crucifixion. Jesus joined them, and the discussion continued, but they didn't know it was Jesus who walked with them.
Jesus asked questions to understand their thoughts better and provide a better understanding of the things that had happened. Yet, it wasn't until Jesus broke bread with them that it dawned on the men who they were dining with. No sooner had they made this discovery than Jesus disappeared.
In hindsight, they realized He had given them many clues about His presence, but they were so wrapped up in their discussion that they missed the signs.
There are a few takeaways from this story. These days people are having discussions about numerous vital topics: the election, COVID safety, opening (or not opening) schools, race relations, the future of our country, etc.
As we discuss or debate these topics, we must invite Jesus into the conversation to guide us and give us His insight.
Jesus wants to fellowship with us and share His wisdom. We are social beings; we need to be in connection with others. "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20 NKJV). Yes, we can meet with Jesus on our own, but we are stronger together, as told in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. At the end of that passage Solomon tells us, "A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
We ought to welcome a stranger into our discussions. A different point of view can bring new thoughts to the conversation. And remember, "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels" (Hebrews 13:2 NKJV).
I wonder why when the men recognized Jesus, He disappeared. Could it be that once He had pointed them to Himself, and they saw the light, He knew they would walk in His light, so He went on to enlighten others?
As often as possible, we must point people to Jesus, for He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6 NKJV).
Horton grew up believing in Jesus. As a teenager and young adult, she turned away from her faith for a few years. Once she came back around to understand that it's not about religion but a relationship, she began a never-ending quest to grow closer to God. Through this process, she has learned to Stress Less and Choose Joy. Pam has published seven non-fiction books that are available through Amazon. She has also written articles for the Military Counseling Initiative and Youth Worker and is featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. Pam and her husband, Jim, own NewDirection Life Coaching, where they encourage others to move positively forward.