Have you ever been talking about someone and suddenly realized that they were there right next to you? That can be an unnerving experience where we quickly recall our conversation to make sure we did not say anything that we would not have wanted them to hear.
The resurrection appearance of Jesus to two disciples travelling to Emmaus teaches us more about resurrection awareness. Jesus can be with us and even ask questions without us realizing that it is he who walks with us.
In Luke’s telling of the story, we find out that Jesus came alongside a couple of his followers who were heading out of town discussing the terrible events of Christ’s death.
At first, Jesus was not recognized by either of them; perhaps because they were not looking into his face or he had his head and face covered. And even then, they were not remotely expecting to see a dead man. So, Jesus plays dumb and asks them what had happened. When they got to the village and broke bread with him, they suddenly realized it was he and then he vanished.
Though it was impossible from a strictly human perspective, they had seen him alive and so they returned to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples. Again, it was not only Thomas who doubted. Being a follower of Jesus does not automatically include belief in that which is really true.
There are many disciples today who need a revelation of God’s incredible, life restoring power. When you know it for yourself, you are ready to be changed. How much of God’s goodness, presence and power is hidden in plain sight? Let us pray that our eyes are opened and that we may believe that which is true.
Jesus will not give us a pass for being smug and slow to believe. When our eyes are open, we will be humbled for thinking we had it all figured out.