Cleopas & Companion

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Luke 24:13-34

Today we take a look at two men walking home to Emmaus several days after Jesus' crucifixion. The men are followers of Christ, and they're perplexed and sad, and trying to make sense of the events involving Jesus from the prior week. Jesus joins them on the road but they don't recognize him. So the three are walking together and there's talk of Jesus death, the news delivered by the women of Jesus' resurrection, and Jesus also explains the Scriptures about himself as they walk. As the day winds down, Jesus joins the men for dinner and it's at this point they recognize Jesus. Jesus vanishes and immediately Cleopas and his friend return to Jerusalem to tell the disciples what they've just experienced and witnessed.

Cleopas and his friend are just average people following Christ--pretty much like you and me. So what can we learn from these two men about living as Christ-followers? What do they show us about our tendencies when it comes to thoughts, actions and responses to the situations life brings our way? Tami W.

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I suppose most of us are quick to see things in the perspective of the natural, earthly realm and not the spiritual, heavenly realm. We are quick to interpret the events around us through a grid of normalcy and often fear instead of the supernatural and faith. I can certainly see myself in these disciples. When things don't happen the way I want them to happen, even when the scripture promises something else, I am far too quick to give up on the scripture. I want my relationship with Jesus to be so strong and so intimate that I trust His every word and live every moment with His words in the very forefront of my mind.

I pray that I will be completely aware of HIS presence. I do forget that He goes with me anytime and everywhere. Thanks be to God for GRACE.God help my memory.

I noticed that they were kept from recognizing Jesus at first. It seems that Jesus was testing them, as well as the others, to see if all He had asked them to do was done. What I get out of this is that I must obey whether or not I feel Jesus' presence. Whatever situation I am in, I need to respond as Jesus would have me respond for His honor and glory.

Hi Tammy, I wonder if the Deciples were not listening to Jesus closely after he said He was going to be crucified. He also said that He would rise again on the third day. I think they overlooked the rise again on the third day part or they may not have been so distraught over this matter.

Lloyd

So often I feel like Cleopas and his friend, where many times in my life I fail to see Jesus and acknowledge His works in my life and the power and majesty that He is. God is so much greater than we can truly comprehend, and these men failed to trust that Jesus was MORE than a prophet and that He does have the power to conquer death.

Why did He immediately disappear?

The lesson for me is that even as christians we do not always understand the readings about Christ nor we do not recognise his closeness and his presence with us, we usually only recognise him when he blesses us, when we get something from him.
I pray that I will always know that he is by my side to explain even the most complex things to me so that I can more fully understand him and appreciate his blessings.

these passages really bring to light the difference between the natural eyes and the spiritual eyes. these men had natural eyes that were working well and they had no problem seeing the person walking and talking with them. their spiritual eyes were opened at dinner and they were able to discern just who this person actually was. I do the same thing. when I view my circumstances through my natural eyes (and my other four senses) I end up experiencing fear, uncertainty, anger, frustration, resentment...etc. when I spend time with God and open my spiritual eyes, the entire picture changes. I need to keep my spiritual eyes opened at all times...something that I am still working on. it is a good thing that I serve a loving and patient God!

Good question by Janyn. I too wonder why He just disappeared. I thinking maybe because He knew those two disciples were on track, and He needed to go on to see others. Anybody else have any thoughts?

What do they show us about our tendencies when it comes to thoughts, actions and responses to the situations life brings our way?

They show us when is comes to our thoughts, actions, and responses that we can be really quick to think He has forsaken us or that his promises won't be fulfilled. I think about all the Truth I have learned that God has shown me in the Bible and told to me, but when a moment comes when I am stress or think that God just cannot handle it I give up.

We can easily forget all the wonderful truths and promises about God. The more I live I find out that it is really all about God and we are apart of His story.

2 Timothy 2: 10-13 (NASB, emphasis added)
For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.

11It is a trustworthy statement:
For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
12If we endure, we will also reign with Him;
If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
13If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for ***He cannot deny Himself.****


These two men reminds me that my thoughts and ways are not God's thoughts (far from it)... That I usually misinterpret scripture, placing earthly meanings whereas I should be applying heavenly meanings. Also, that sometimes I react to situations/circumstances before going to the Word to see what God has to say. And that sometimes I forget.. but then the Holy Spirit reminds me. Like the men said "did not our hearts burn within us"...

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