Pastorbluejeans Unplugged Weekender: The Road to Emmaus and Coronavirus
Pastorbluejeans Unplugged Weekender deals with important incidents, events, and issues that transpired over the week in light of God’s Word.
Road to Emmaus (Mark 16:12-13; Luke 24:13-32)
That afternoon of the resurrection Sunday, Jesus joined two lonely disciples traveling to Emmaus. They were talking about what happened in Jerusalem the past few days. They did not recognize Jesus when he inquired about the things they were talking about, probably because his appearance had been transformed. Jewish travelers would not consider it unusual for a stranger, who is also a fellow Jew, to join their small company walking for some distance, especially if they assume him to be a Passover pilgrim on his way home. Jesus, pretending to be ignorant of the events that transpired during the week and asking a question does not mean that he does not know the answer.
News spread quickly by word of mouth, and public executions at a feast would be widely discussed. Every Greek-speaking pilgrim, no matter where he came from would have heard the news. Thus, Cleopas presumed that everyone would regard these events as the most obvious of the past several days.
Their confusion reflects that of all the followers of Jesus must have felt. It added to their anxiety and difficulty to recognize Him. Their perceived redeemer suffered at the hands of their political and religious leaders who of all people should have embraced and followed him. The reports that his body was stolen confused them even more. It appeared that their understanding of Jesus’ mission was unclear. They thought Jesus was a political figure who would lead them to national freedom.
As our country, in fact, the whole world fight this pandemic caused by coronavirus or COVID-19, we are placed in a similar anxious situation. People’s health and world economy are at stake. The number of those who are infected with the virus is accelerating. Then the news of death, violations, discrimination, abuses and fake news worsen our anxiety.
Jesus ushered the two disciples back to the Scriptures, “Beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:13-32 NASB), in order to correct their misconception. In the same way, let us go back to God’s word, the Bible, and hear His message for us during this trying times. Let us allow the Scriptures to ease our anxiety and remind us of God’s grace and promises.
Hospitality demanded no less than the lodging these disciples offer Jesus, especially because it is almost sundown; night travel, particularly as one got farther from Jerusalem, would be dangerous due to robbers. Jewish people throughout ancient world welcomed fellow Jews who were traveling to spend the night, and insistence was part of hospitality.
The two disciples urged Jesus to stay with them during the night and “When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight” (Luke 24:30-31 NASB). It was also part of hospitality to offer bread to a guest, no matter how late in the evening. After the long walk, these disciples would be hungry anyway. But by giving thanks and giving bread to them, Jesus takes the role usually held by the head of the household, which he had exercised among his disciples. They began to recognize Jesus only when they reclined to share the meal. Jesus is with us to comfort us in this difficult times.
Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.
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