Walking With Jesus
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Luke 24:13-35, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Text: Luke 24:13-35, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
So they said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts ablaze within us while He was talking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us?”
– Luke 24:32, HCSB
I live a lot of my life at the end of myself. Like many women today, I have a full life—one filled to the brim with good things that can leave me burdened and weary in all the right ways. And it’s a great gift, when I grow weary, to know that Jesus is there to walk with me, giving me His strength, His companionship—His very presence.
Jesus meets me right where I am and changes the way I walk through my days. He gives me the compassion to love when I’ve been hurt by a friend and the courage to confront injustice when I’m faced with the worst of the world. He gives me comfort in my grief and rest as I put my head on the pillow. In short, Jesus just shows up, and when He does, it changes everything—it changes me.
That’s just what He set out to do when He encounters two men—His own disciples—walking to the town of Emmaus. They were discussing the big events of the last several days concerning Jesus’ crucifixion, death and… now what? They’d hoped He was “the One,” the Messiah, but now—was nothing different?
Just then, as their hope was beginning to give way to growing doubt, a stranger—none other than Jesus Himself—meets them on their journey. What a beautiful image of scripture come to life! Two men are gathered, walking together in community, and Jesus shows up (Matthew 18:19-20).
Jesus not only shows up, but He recounts the Scripture prophesying His coming, dying, and rising. Right there on the road, He tells them just why they should hold out hope and believe. The disciples didn’t recognize their beloved Jesus, but He revealed Himself to them through His Word and the breaking of bread.
Their encounter with Jesus changed them. The men described how their hearts caught fire as Jesus walked with them and spoke Truth to them, and they “got up that very hour” and ran back to Jerusalem to tell the others. “The Lord has really risen!” they said. They walked that same road different men than before because they had walked with the risen Lord.
Friends, do our hearts burn within us when we encounter Christ? Do we welcome His presence and listen as He reveals Himself to us in His Word?
Do we continue down the road a different person because we walk with Jesus?