Our scripture this week is Luke 24:13-35.

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.
Luke 24:13-16

Just as happened with Mary in the garden, the two disciples on the road to Emmaus do not recognize Jesus. The scripture tells us they were “kept from recognizing Him”, so apparently Jesus want to speak to them anonymously, at least at first. Why would this be necessary?

It’s not our task to guess what motive the Lord has for this incognito exchange, only to understand that it’s part of the lesson He has for these two as they walk and talk. We know that Jesus always acts out of love for us and wants only our good. Perhaps the disciples need to hear what He has to say before they are overcome by the realization that it is the risen Christ speaking.

Jesus leads them to share their testimony, a rehearsal of what they are being called to do in carrying on His ministry. He gently corrects them and adds scripture references that will support their retelling later. Throughout this visit, Jesus has more in mind than just a joyful reunion after His resurrection – He has plans for them just as He does for each of us.

Gracious God, we are thankful to be part of Your plan for bringing Your kingdom on earth. Help us to be aware of the needs You send us to fulfill, sharing Your love with everyone. Amen.

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