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Jesus' most mysterious encounter
Jesus had one particular encounter which I believe is the most mysterious, and instructive, of all.
The scene was just after His resurrection. Two of His disciples were jiving down the road toward the village of Emmaus, seven miles away from Jerusalem. They were rapping amongst themselves about all the things that had gone down back in J-town.
Suddenly, Jesus mysteriously showed up out of nowhere and axed them: "What y'all talking about? How come y'all look so sad?" (Bramlett Revised Translation.) His identity was hidden from them..They did not recognize Him. Their eyes were constrained.
One whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have you not known the things which came down there?”
Jesus was cool here. He coyly replied, “What y'all talking about?” (as though He did not already know)!
So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”
Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
QUESTION: Why did Jesus at first hide His identity from them, then reveal Himself later, after expounding to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself? You would think He would have right away exclaimed, "Look, guys, I am alive. Here I am!"
ANSWER: It was a lesson for generations to come. He did it do they could see Him in the Word, and not just in the flesh. Today, we see Him vividly in the living Word. In fact, He is the Word, made flesh.
NOTE: It was when the bread was broken that their spiritual eyes were opened, and they knew Him. That underscores the importance of our Holy Communion Meal, or the Lord's Supper, today where concerning the bread He says, "This is my body."
The next time you partake of the Communion meal, may your eyes be opened to His reality and presence as never before.
(Mostly taken and paraphrased from a teaching by Pastor Joseph Prince of Singapore.)
P.S. I love this suddenly appearing out of nowhere, and vanishing. Jesus is greater than Superman, who cannot do that! Superman is only fiction, but Jesus is real! Get on board with Jesus!
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