Late Recognition

I’ve always felt sorry for the two disciples on their way to Emmaus. We read in Luke that ‘they were kept from recognizing Him.’ They didn’t know who Jesus was until He was about to disappear. If they had known hours earlier they could have had a great time of fellowship with Him. But maybe God knew that recognition would mean they wouldn’t be listening to what Jesus had to say . We don’t always understand the wisdom of God.

On the Road to Emmaus

I used to think it so sad that the two disciples on the road to Emmaus didn’t recognise Jesus sooner. On reflection I now realise that everything was as it should have been. Their joy in knowing that it was Jesus, would have stopped them listening to Him. As it was they listened with rapt attention to all that Jesus had to say to them. They had been able to assimilate. His words as well as His teaching.

Then at just the right time their eyes were opened as they saw His nail-pierced hands breaking the bread. As always God’s timing was always perfect.