Luke 24:13-35 (NRSV)

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles a from Jerusalem,14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.

15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them,
16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. b

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References for Luke 24:17

  • Į 24:17 – Other ancient authorities read [walk along, looking sad?”]
18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?”
19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, c who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,

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References for Luke 24:19

  • į 24:19 – Other ancient authorities read [Jesus the Nazorean]
20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him.
21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. d Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place.

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References for Luke 24:21

  • İ 24:21 – Or [to set Israel free]
22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning,
23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive.
24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.”
25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!
26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah e should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?”

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References for Luke 24:26

  • ı 24:26 – Or [the Christ]
27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on.
29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.
32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us f while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together.
34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!”
35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

John 1:1, 4 (NRSV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

4 in him was life, a and the life was the light of all people.

DEVOTION –   Terry R. Tuley (Tennessee)

My younger brother and I spent our boyhood years hunting raccoons at night in the forest near our southern Indiana home.  One dark and cloudy night we forgot to set our compass.  After about an hour, our two hounds had run so far that by the time we caught up to them, we were lost.  We wandered in the deep woods, trying to find our way back to our vehicle.  Finally, we remembered what our dad once taught us:  “If you are lost at night, don’t wander around.  Look through the trees and try to find light in the distance.  Go toward the light, and it will lead you to safety.’  So that’s what we did.

We Christians sometimes lose our sense of purpose.  Like the two disciples walking to Emmaus, we can become discouraged when we lose sight of Jesus.  All the disciples needed was a little light to redirect their lives.  Once Jesus revealed himself to them, their faith was renewed.  they sais,  “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”

The light they needed was in the words that Jesus spoke to them.  Whenever we are troubled and wandering through the darkness of this life, we can look for Christ in the words that he spoke in scripture and in everyone and everything around us.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Today I will look for God’s light around me.

PRAYER:  O God, help us to see your light in our daily lives.  May the direction we choose lead us closer to you.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS:  BROTHERS

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