The two disciples were so engaged in conversation that they failed to recognize Jesus—exactly who they were talking about on their walk to Emmaus! It wasn’t until they slowed down to eat that they saw it was Jesus, and only then when he went through the act of breaking and blessing the bread. How many times did you walk with or by Jesus yesterday and not know it was him?
The walk to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) is a great story and lesson on life. Even the most “religious” get so caught up in their own lives that they fail to see Jesus every day. Jesus is relegated to days of worship when the bread is broken and blessed to remember his life/sacrifice.
Jesus isn’t with us just on worship days—he’s with us every day. Jesus lived so that he could die for each one of us. So, when you walk down the street, drive down the highway, or step into a crowded elevator, Jesus is all around you. Look into the face of any other person and you will see Jesus, if you are looking for him. But like the disciples, even if we are preaching about Jesus, we often don’t really see him.
Did you know it was Jesus you yelled at yesterday or cut off in traffic? How many times will you see Jesus today?
Too “religious?” Religion isn’t about religion—it’s about how to live life as Jesus taught us. And Jesus gave us one command and that is simply to love. Start looking for Jesus in others and the love will flow.
I highly recommend a good read of Luke 24:13-35 followed by some quality reflection. Don’t think about this as something that took place over 2,000 years ago but as something that happens today.
Have a GREAT day on your own walk to Emmaus!