Not What We Expected
What happens when Jesus opens our eyes to recognize him?
(Illustration: Description of seeing the Mona Lisa for the first time.)
Have you ever had an experience where things didn't turn out as you had expected? Who hasn't had at least one experience like that? Maybe it was a restaurant that didn't live up to the hype. Maybe it was a vacation that turned out to be a bust. Maybe you've experienced that in your career or in your marriage—it's not all you expected it to be.
For many, that describes their experience with Christ and the church. What they thought Christianity was going to be is not what they've experienced it to be—and disappointment and despair have settled in.
That was the experience of two people who were traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus the first Easter. They were distraught and disappointed by the events they had witnessed. So what changed their perspective? An encounter with the resurrected Christ.
(Read Luke 24:13-17)
What this story does for us is that it shows us how easy it is for us to try to make Jesus fit in our "box"—to conform to our preconceived ideas. The truth is, when we can't see Jesus for who he really is, the problem is always on the receiving end, never on the revealing end.
Do you want to see the resurrected and living Jesus for who he is in your life? If so, let's ask a couple of vital questions about this story.
What prevents us from seeing Jesus?
Why were these two kept from recognizing Jesus? I think the answer to that question is why this passage is important to us. Jesus doesn't just want these two to see that he is resurrected and alive; he wants them to understanding why his death had to happen, and that requires taking the time to address their faulty perspective. The two on the road to Emmaus were unable to see ...
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Steve Abbott is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Siloam Springs, Arkansas.