What Is the Lord Jesus to You?
Charles Dickens writes in the ‘‘Tale of Two Cities’’ about a doctor who was imprisoned for 20 years in a French prison. Incapable to practice medicine in prison, he tried to keep his mind engaged by becoming a cobbler, and learning to repair shoes.
So for 20 years, in a small, dark prison cell, late at night he could be heard tap, tap, tapping away, put back together the shoes of his fellow prisoners.
Finally the French Revolution came and he was set free. But he couldn’t cope with his freedom, unused to the brightness of the sunlight, and the openness of the world around him. He no longer knew how to respond to all that.
Dickens writes that he went home and had his servant prepare a room for him in the attic that was exactly the same size as his prison cell. And every evening the servant would escort him to the room, lock him inside, and all the way through the night could you could hear him tap, tap, tapping away. It’s a sad story.
Our scripture is the story of two people. We don’t know much about them but we know they are sad people. We’re not sure whether they were two men, or a man and a woman.
All we know is that one of them was named ‘‘Cleopas.’’ Whoever they are, they’re utterly despondent.
Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem.
Cleopas and another, who were joined by Jesus who had been cruelty crucified but they did not believe He had been risen from the dead for they did not understand the scripture.
As they journeyed they were talking of the awful events that had to do with the Savior’s death upon the cross, and then suddenly a very wonderful thing happened.
So it was, while they conversed and reasoned that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.
But they did not recognize Him and this brings us to the first relationship that the Risen Lord bea ...
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