If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?” John 5:46-47
Today’s scripture is the story of Jesus walking the road to Emmaus with two of his disciples. They don’t recognize Jesus. It is shortly after he has been crucified, and the followers don’t know how the story ends yet. They are deep in grief. Their hearts are heavy and they are just putting one foot in front of the other. Their minds must have been a blur. What were they going to do now?
Jesus asks them several questions.
What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?
Scripture says, “They stood still looking sad. Then one of them answered Jesus, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” Jesus asked them, “What things?” And the disciples told the man whom they still did not recognize as Jesus, the story of what had happened.
Jesus responded to their story by saying, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” And then Jesus “interpreted the Scriptures” to them. They still didn’t recognize him. Not until he broke bread with them did their eyes open.
Jesus asks his followers questions to help them understand. To transform their understanding and their very lives.
So how is it going with you? What would it take for your heart to burn within you? It is one thing to read the questions that Jesus asked others. It is another thing to consider how we might answer those same questions directed at us from Jesus. It becomes personal!
And isn’t that the point? Jesus asks us personal questions because he cares. Even when we don’t recognize Jesus in our midst, he keeps showing up. He promises to be with us. Dr. Carl Jung had a sign over his office door that read, “Bidden or not bidden, God is present”. That’s just it. The same claim that is central to the beloved 23rd Psalm. “For you are with me”.
Jesus keeps coming to us. He has people to bless, lives to touch, and hearts to transform. Christ can open our mind to understand his word, and his holy meal will sustain us on the journey. Thanks be to God!