Seeing Jesus

“Now that same day two of them were going to a village
called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 
They were talking with each other about everything
that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things
with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 
but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, 
‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’
They stood still, their faces downcast. 
One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, ‘Are you the only one
visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things
that have happened there in these days?’ 
‘What things?’ he asked.”
Luke 24:13-19 (NIV)

A custom among travellers in Jesus time was to come alongside others travelling in the same direction and chat with them en route to the destination. So, when we read of Jesus joining two people heading for Emmaus, nothing is unusual. He would be expected to join the conversation.

When Jesus asked what they were discussing they stopped and asked Him how He could be coming from Jerusalem and not know the big news that everyone was talking about. Jesus, of course, knew exactly what the hot topic was, but politely asked them to explain and they did.

We see here that the Lord desires us to approach Him with any issue we might be facing in life. He obviously knows our pain but still asks us to tell Him all about our suffering. There seems to be something therapeutic about telling someone about our pain. Being an attentive listener goes a long way in helping a person understand their own problem and getting strength to deal with it.

Jesus let them explain exactly what was obviously troubling them. Only after they finished talking did He begin to teach them. We should never think our problems are either too small or too great for us to bring them to the Good Shepherd in prayer. In our verses today we have a clear indication of Jesus’ sincere interest in our personal struggles.

As He came alongside the two people on the road to Emmaus He willingly seeks you out and asks you to tell Him all about what troubles you. Come to this caring and gentle person who desires to help and sustain you through any and all issues you face in life. What He said long ago still applies today.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest. 
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, 
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. 
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit
O what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Are we weak and heavy laden
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield thee
Thou wilt find a solace there
-Joseph Scriven

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