Three days after Jesus was crucified, Luke tells us that two disciples were on their way to a village called Emmaus. Confused and disappointed, the two men conversed about the recent turn of events. “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 24:14-15) When the stranger wanted to know what they were talking about, they told him how disillusioned they felt. “We had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” And on and on they went. They were baffled. They were disheartened. They were disillusioned. They probably even felt deceived.
“How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and enter his glory?” the stranger told them. But, it was only until later that their “eyes were opened and they recognized him.”
I don’t know about you, but I can relate to the disciples on the road. In the aftermath of a life storm, I’ve pleaded out loud, “But I thought.” If that is you today, cheer up. God has not abandoned you. It may be that you, like the disciples, are on the road to Emmaus. And, in the fullness of time, God will open your eyes and you will recognize that Jesus was with you all along.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)