44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Two of Jesus’ followers were explaining to the disciples how Jesus had been with them the day before on the road to Emmaus. All of a sudden Jesus turns up amongst them! His first words to them are, “Peace be with you.”
Despite being with Jesus the day before the followers do not recognize Jesus and nor do the disciples. They think Jesus is a ghost and are very frightened – freaking out! Clearly they are struggling to believe Jesus has risen from the dead and that He is truly alive.
Jesus asks them to look at Him and even urges them to touch him. He wants them to know He is alive and goes on to eat a piece of fish to prove it to them.
The clearest message here is that we don’t always recognize that Jesus is right there with us. We may have had past experiences or revelations, even recent ones, that God was walking with us just like the followers in the story. Jesus promises to be with us and not forsake us.
When Jesus comes into our world He brings peace not fear. That was His intention when He appeared to his followers and it’s the same with us. Jesus is not a ghost or some distant “spirro” concept. He’s a real person yet God at the same time. He can be seen, heard and felt. From this story we know Jesus wants us to experience Him for ourselves.
Lord, thank you for bringing peace into my life. Help me to clearly recognise you in my walk with you. Amen
Written by Ainslie Woods