MUSING – May 01 2018


Luke 24:13-18 and 25-27
     “On the same day, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village called Emmaus. It was about seven miles from Jerusalem.  They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. While they were talking, Jesus approached them and began walking with them.  Although they saw him, they didn’t recognize him. He asked them, “What are you discussing?” They stopped and looked very sad. One of them, Cleopas, replied, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem who doesn’t know what has happened recently?”

    Then Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are! You’re so slow to believe everything the prophets said!  Didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then he began with Moses’ Teachings and the Prophets to explain to them what was said about him throughout the Scriptures.”

     I have always wondered how these disciples could have walked with Jesus and not recognized him. I have heard preachers say that Jesus clouded their minds. But I see no proof of that.

    I think that there are two real world things that could explain why they didn’t know him for who he was. One quite easy explanation is that his head covering (veil) was drawn across his mouth and nose to protect against the sun and road dust.* The other explanation is simply that they weren’t looking for him. They knew that he was dead. Why would they look for him among the living?

    One time I had done a kindness for a stranger. She thanked my saying, “Thank you for being Jesus for me.” To which I replied, “No, today you were Jesus for me.”**

    The real question is not how those two men didn’t recognize him. The real question is, how many times have I (you) walked with Jesus and been unaware?***

*Head covering, a length of cloth around the shoulders, that could be pulled over the head and tied at the forehead.

**Matthew 25:40

***Hebrews 13:2

All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams

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