The Home of Cleopas: To Surprise His Servants (25 of 34) by Ivor Powell

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The Home of Cleopas: To Surprise His Servants (25 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell
Luke 24:29

The lights of Emmaus were clearly visible; the journey from Jerusalem was nearly terminated; yet Cleopas and his wife could not have cared less. Their hearts were singing. They could have walked with the Stranger forever! The previous week had been abnormally hectic. Their best Friend had been crucified, their hopes shattered, and their happiness destroyed.

The troubled man and woman would never forget the approach of the Stranger who thrilled their souls. Evidently He knew the Scriptures for "beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself" (Luke 24:27). The sacred writings had become increasingly meaningful, and their problems had been solved. His sermon had been most inspiring, but unfortunately the delightful Traveler was about to leave. "And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went, and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them" (Luke 24:28-29). That couple was about to discover life is filled with surprises.

Those people had been amazed that their Companion knew so much about the prophetic writings. Was He a rabbi, a scholar, or a prophet? He quoted the Scriptures as if He had been their Author! They were beginning to believe dark clouds have a silver lining. What they considered to be a tragedy might be a unique triumph. The Stranger had explained how the death of Jesus was part of God's plan to bring redemption to the world and the Messiah to the throne of Israel. What He said was entrancing, and although He was evidently an important Person, He had entered their humble home. Although He knew they were unprepared for overnight guests, He calmly took a seat at their table. Everything about H ...


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