July 12, 2012

On the Road Again

Luke 24:13-35

Jesus himself came up and walked along with them.
—Luke 24:15


Have you ever wondered how long Jesus was following the two disciples along the road before he came up and walked with them? How much of their conversation did he overhear? Could he have heard them discuss his death, and their disappointment? Jesus followed them on the road, and those disciples would never be the same after this encounter.

When our disappointments become our central focus, we miss lots of details around us. We might not notice other people. We might not realize that the Lord is there with us.

These two disciples had their hearts set on a new earthly kingdom for Israel, and that idea died when Jesus was crucified. But disappointment with Jesus can be the entryway into meeting the Lord for the very first time. Jesus walked these disciples through God’s promises in the past and led them to the reason he had to die—so that sinners everywhere could have new life!

Once these disciples understood the truth, they could not get enough of Jesus. They later asked, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

Do you feel as if you are on the road alone? Have your dreams been shattered? The Lord has been walking with you and listening, and he wants to share with you the truth about life. Can you believe it?!

Risen Lord, often I drown myself in my troubles and heartaches. I miss catching your presence with me. Thank you for never giving up on me. Amen.

About the author — Reginald Smith

Dr. Reginald Smith is senior pastor at Roosevelt Park Community Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has served for seventeen years. He has also served as a pastor in Paterson, New Jersey. He and his wife, Sharon, have three daughters, Janelle, Katrina, and Mariah.

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