Luke chapter 24 contains the very interesting and instructive story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Starting in verse 13 and continuing on through verse 35, we read the account of two men who loved Jesus fervently, but had a misunderstanding of His mission so deep that it blinded them to the obvious, and led them in the wrong direction. These men lost sight of Jesus, and did not recognize Him, though He was right beside them. And what of us? The following is a pertinent commentary on this story written by my dear friend, Dawn Jenkins, shortly before her death in 2009. I think we can easily see our present experience and pray we will all be motivated to “awake!” Here are some of the highlights from this story from the scriptures: Luke 24:13,15,16,25,26,27,32 “And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus…And it came to pass, that, while they communed [together] and reasoned, Jesus Himself drew near, and went with them…But their eyes were holden that they should not know Him…Then He said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:…Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His Glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself…And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?”
Theirs was an expectation, a fervent hope, with Jesus at the very center. Yet negligence and misunderstanding doomed them to disappointment. In their disappointment they would lose sight of Him Whom they ardently loved. It is not necessary to forget Him to lose sight of Him. In losing sight of Jesus He is as effectually taken away as though, in personal presence, He were removed from us. We enter the realm of discouragement, grief, conflicting and perplexing ideas, and gloom and disappointment—even despair. We may travel in directions which lead us even farther from Him.
Or perhaps worse, when He does speak, we fail to recognize His voice or His presence with us. Mistaken views absorb our thoughts. We question wildly. We weep, when we might be glad and rejoice. We are found in places, or remain, where He has been, but no longer is. He has moved on to our unawares. We are tempted to indulge in murmuring and unbelief.
In these closing moments of our Saviour’s mediation we can “follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes”, only as we know where He is. We cannot afford to lose sight of Him now, as Satan works with “all deceivableness of unrighteousness”, and as trials thicken, and our final test draws nigh. No, no! We must not so languish spiritually. He must not be denied and betrayed again by His chosen in this last crisis hour of His vindication. He must not be taken away from our view. It would be a night of darkness far greater than that of the Egyptian darkness.
But…what is this? Sleeping? The foolish and the wise? (Matthew 25:1-13) Then, we HAVE lost sight of Him! He is “taken away” and we know it not. For few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator, Jesus. Few care that His disappointment is beyond description, and fewer know it. And few comprehend His continuing pain and death.
And of those who know Him…there is upon them the enchanting sleep of the disciples in Gethsemane…Oh! When will the virgins awake? Awake! Awake! From your stupor, dear children, and “look upon Him” Whom you “have pierced” (Zechariah 12:10), and mourn for Him. Truly, this mourning “shall be comforted”. Matthew 5:4 In our mourning, may we be motivated to be that people who are “looking for and hastening the coming” of Jesus! 2 Peter 3:12
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