The Christian life is a journey that will have its twists and turns. In those moments of difficulty and depression, how do we know our God is with us? On the road to Emmaus, Jesus shows us how He always makes Himself known and how we always have reason to worship.
1. A Road of Disappointment
When we’re broken and disappointed, our circumstances and struggles often keep us from seeing what and who is right before us. We often wonder where God is in those moments. There are times though when God hides himself from us so we might be led to greater purpose and understanding. Jesus isn’t afraid of our doubts and disappointment and welcomes spiritual honesty.
2. A Road of Discovery
Jesus rebukes the followers on the road for missing what has been before them this whole time. He gives them the greatest Bible study ever and then eats a meal with them. These two things point to how Jesus has chosen to make Himself present to His people: through His Word and sacraments.
3. A Road of Delight
Once Jesus is revealed to these disciples, they are changed. They talk about their hearts burning, a transformation of their emotions and desires about Jesus, how they knew things were different within them. Furthermore, they respond by immediately going back to Jerusalem and sharing the good news with others.
Reflection and Application
Has there ever been a time when you’ve been so disappointed, you didn’t want to talk to other people? How did it feel to have to engage your sadness when others asked you questions about it?
What does it look like to be spiritually honest with Jesus? When you have doubts and questions, how do you explore them?
How do people go astray when they look for Jesus outside of the Bible? Why is it so dangerous to define him by our personal experiences or emotions?
How can Jesus’ presence at the Lord’s Supper be a blessing to us amidst our disappointments?
What does the joy of re-discovering the presence of Christ in your life look like? How can we regularly remain in this joy?