April 24, 2020
“They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?’ And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’”
I heard a missionary once say, “No one really needs to be trained how to share ‘good news’. If you have good news, you just share it! You’re compelled! It’s automatic.”
Look at the reaction of Cleopas and his friend. They’re tired from a long hike, they’re sitting down to dinner and suddenly they recognize their companion. It’s Jesus! And just as quickly as He’s recognized, He vanishes right before their eyes. So it’s been Jesus with them all along. All the rumors are true! Jesus has risen from the dead! He IS alive!
And what do they do next? They immediately get up and start back for Jerusalem! Even though they’ve just completed the seven-mile journey there. Even though the evening is “far spent” and they’ll be walking back during the middle of the night. Even though nighttime travel wasn’t particularly safe. Nothing will deter them. They MUST go tell the others what they have seen!
When have I ever known something so good I would take a similarly drastic step? Honestly, I’m not sure I ever have. How about you? How good would the news have to be, to compel one of us to react like Cleopas and friend?
One thing is sure: Jesus’ resurrection is the BEST news the world has ever seen! May it “burn in our hearts” as much as in the disciples’!
By Brooks Carlson