Thanks to Dave for this week’s thoughts.
Today and tomorrow’s passage are a very personal story of Jesus meeting two individuals where they were and providing them exactly what they needed. You can (and should!) read it here.
These two disciples of Jesus had already heard the good news from the women at the start of this chapter but they didn’t believe it (if they had there’s no way they’d be downcast). In fact they knew and accepted a lot about who Jesus was (“powerful in word and deed before God and all the people”), they just hadn’t quite come to the correct conclusion that he was the promised Messiah. Jesus came to them and met them where they were on the road, he let them vent their thoughts to him before giving them a bit of a telling off and putting them straight in tomorrow’s passage.
Some of the passages we read in the bible can be difficult to apply to our lives and we need to look deeper to find what God is telling us from them. This one though really strikes me as the complete opposite. Here are two men who know of Jesus, perhaps even consider themselves followers of Jesus, but have not accepted who he is or what he has done. Does that remind you of anyone? Do you know someone that knows something of Jesus, maybe agrees that he was a great teacher but doesn’t accept that he died for them and rose again? I think this is a pattern which we see time and again in todays society.
The beautiful thing is that Jesus doesn’t need to wait for them, he meets them exactly where they are, gives them time to vent their thoughts and them puts them right.
I think we should stop there and pray for individuals that we know who are in this position, specifically that Jesus would meet them on their road through life and reveal himself to them.
“Lord God, I thank you that despite your holiness and incredible awesome power, you love us enough to reach down into the lives of individuals and reconcile us with yourself. I pray for the people that I know who know but do not accept you, I pray that you would meet with them and show them who you truly are. Amen”