I’m sorry you were out when I called
“Behold I stand at the door and knock if anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in and sup with him”
After the death of Christ two disciples walked the road to Emmaus in despair, all their hopes gone, full of fears and uncertainties. But alongside side them walked a ‘Stranger’ who was the answer to everything and in whom all that doubt and despair would be replaced by joy, and everlasting hope.
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With their journey nearly at an end the ‘stranger’ made as if he was going further but in true oriental style they invited the stranger in. These two on the road to Emmaus could so nearly have missed the amazing realisation that was just about to come to them had they not urged him to stay!
Do we today hesitate to invite the ‘Stranger’, Christ, to come in and stay with us? We miss so much if we do. Christian disciples today, still have their eyes opened as they discover their Risen Lord making himself known to them, especially in the Breaking of Bread in Holy Communion
A Divine Visit
Am I ready for such a visit? Zachaeus did not think so, but Jesus said I am coming to your house…The Centurion said ‘Lord I am not worthy that you should come under my roof’. But his prayer was answered there and then. No wonder both these two men believed in Jesus.
Could that email or text message or phone, or knock at the door be Him coming to visit unawares in another person, in word of friend and strang or as a person need. With memories of Frances Thompson’ s ‘Hound of Heaven‘ with the pursuing divine love ‘his hand outstretched caressingly‘ how sad to leave Christ knocking and never open to him. How often have I have missed his coming to me?
(I will come in I will and eat with him/her Rev3)
An Everyday Experience
As I journey through life I want to walk with Jesus and to be more conscious of him travelling with me. In the words of a modern hymn I want to ‘make of life’s brief journey a new ‘Emmaus road’.