A Comforting Conversation

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18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even 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 him they did not see.”  Luke 24:18-24

At the start of this passage, Jesus asks the two men what they are talking about. I love that these two men tell Jesus everything that has happened these past few days and that all of it was about himself. If I was in Jesus’ situation I’m sure at exciting parts I would’ve been saying, “No way!” or asking, “Well what happened next?” just to have some fun with the situation. At the end I might even say, “Yeah I know. I was there.” But Jesus doesn’t. He chooses to stay silent until they are finished telling him everything. By the time they’re done speaking they seem defeated. They are in a difficult situation and they haven forgotten that Christ is going to return to save them.

We can suffer from this same fault. We get in a situation that is difficult for us and we get scared. We worry about what we need to do about it and all the while forget that Jesus is right there with us. We get so worked up we don’t think to turn to him and look for where he is in that situation. However, no matter how bad things get he is still right there with us. And when we do come to him, he doesn’t stop us saying, “I know. I was there.” Instead he listens to what we have to say. Jesus wants us to come to him and talk to him. It’s why he asked the men what they were talking about. It’s why he tells us to pray. He wants us to remember that he is there and that he has already won the most important victory for us. Our salvation is not something we need to fear about because Jesus has already claimed it for us. So when you’re afraid, remember who is with you and go to him to tell him about what you’re facing so he can comfort you like he did these two men.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for listening to us. Thank you for being there with us. While at times we may struggle to come to you with what is weighing us down, remind us of the need to talk with you. Continue to strengthen us so that we look to you in every situation and come to you to talk at all times. Amen.

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