That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.
“What things?” Jesus asked.
After all that had happened on this day and all that they had discussed along the road, the travelers begged the Stranger – who seemed ready to move on elsewhere – to stay the night with them. Their togetherness was moving beyond polite conversation into a genuine connection. This Stranger understood them, their grief, their questions, and their faith. He was a good companion and they wanted to enjoy his company awhile longer.
It wasn’t until the Stranger offered thanks and broke the bread that everything clicked. They had seen this picture before: the table, the bread the wine, the thanks, the breaking, that amazing sense of hope in their hearts. It was just like…the last supper they shared with Jesus just days ago!
Scripture says that suddenly everything changed: their eyes were opened and they recognized that the Stranger at their table was Jesus, raised from the dead. How different their evening – and their lives – may have been had they not asked the Lord to stay with them.
Jesus longs to be more than a stranger to us as well. We may have known a lot about God for a long time and maybe we even pray, but He invites us to move beyond acquaintance and conversation to real connection. All we need to do is to invite Him to stay with us. When He comes in, everything changes in us: our eyes become open and we suddenly see that God has been with us, loving us, all along.
The Real Question: Is there a place in my heart where I have not invited Jesus to stay with me? Do I desire His company there?
Family Talk: What does it mean to say “Jesus is my Lord”?
ONE in Prayer: Jesus, I want you to make Yourself at home in me. I welcome you into my heart and life, even into the places that I am ashamed of. I know that Your loving presence will change everything, and that is what I want. Amen.