There is a residue of the “we had hoped” in all of us. Like the Emmaus’ disciples, our basic problem is one of unbelief. They had been witnesses to all that took place. Yet, there was something preventing them from seeing the truth. We are like those disciples. We wander around in life. Like them, we know the facts about the life and ministry of Jesus, yet, we may walk along the road of our lives in confusion and unbelief. Our eyes are kept from recognizing him. But, when we have moments of insight, or are touched by the Spirit our hearts burn within us as we are moved from unbelief to faith.
Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.
I will make reflection on the Emmaus story part of my prayer.
Now that same day, two of them were going to a village called Emmaus about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 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.
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
“What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
The Gateway to Christianity is not through an intricate labyrinth of dogma, but by a simple belief in the person of Christ.
Norman Vincent Peale
Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.
D. Elton Trueblood
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
Christianity is not a message which has to be believed, but an experience of faith that becomes a message.