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Luke 24: 28-32 (NRSVA)
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 while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’
Although they had no idea Who the stranger accompanying them on their journey was, the two know that they want more of what He is offering. He accepts their invitation to stop a while and, at the right time, He reveals Himself to them.
The timing wasn’t theirs it was His.
He unfolds His Love story in His time.
When they recognise the risen Lord, they respond by returning to Jerusalem immediately… they turn around, they change their minds, and they share the story.
The unfolding of the story of Love has moved on and invites the two to also move on in their understanding.
Now, their story has changed and will continue to change.
Now they no longer see the Messiah as One Who will, “set Israel free,” (verse 21) from the oppression of the Romans and the other repression endured for generations. They now see the real identity of the Messiah: namely, the One Who sets us free to love and be loved.
Living God, as You came close to the two travellers and unfolded Yourself to them, give us eyes to see Your story unfolding afresh, that in this great mystery we will seek to understand You and Your purposes better than ever before. Amen.