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

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. Luke 24:33-35

Even though they had stopped for the night and started the evening meal, Cleopas and his friend return to Jerusalem to share the news. Their excitement at seeing the risen Christ could not be contained. Once there, they find that Jesus has also appeared to Simon Peter and all are discussing the miracle.

As we have heard over the last two weeks of study, they should not have been surprised. Jesus told them many times He would be killed and rise again (Matthew 16, Mark 8, Luke 9) but they did not understand. They had seen Him perform miracles, including raising people from the dead, but it was difficult for them to think that this would be the case with their teacher and leader.

We have the testimony of all the Christians who have come before us that this is the truth and we must believe in Him in order to be saved. Like Cleopas and his friend, may we be energized to go and do what the Lord has asked of us. We are His disciples in the world today, and He is counting on us to share His love with all the world.

Gracious God, help us to be the bold and effective bearers of Your light and love to the people who still have not heard or seen. Let our sharing show everyone the joy of our relationship with You. Amen.

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