The Upper Room Devotional for 16th April 2023
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TODAY’S TOPIC: ROAD TO EMMAUS
Robert M. Terhune (Oregon, USA)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Jesus is with me even when I am not aware of it.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. – Luke 24:30-31 (NIV)
Over 55 years ago a friend gave my wife and me a picture that portrays Jesus walking with the disciples on the road to Emmaus. No matter where we live, this picture hangs in a prominent place, and I see it every day. One day I saw it in a new way and realized that parts of my own spiritual journey are much like the disciples’ experience on the road to Emmaus.
The disciples had learned to trust and rely on Jesus as they listened to his teaching, committed themselves to follow him, and witnessed his miraculous power to transform lives. With Jesus’ death, that trust was broken, replaced by doubt and fear. But Jesus joined them on the road, encouraged them through the words of scripture, and performed an act he knew would cause them to recognize him — demonstrating that he would always be with them.
When I have experienced confusion and despair, Jesus has revealed himself to me and assured me of his continual presence. Just as Jesus was with those early disciples on their walk to Emmaus, he comes and meets us along our way and helps us understand the meaning of God’s word within our own circumstances, assuring us that we are never alone.
Eternal God, we give thanks that no matter what happens, we can rely on your presence to guide and strengthen us. Restore our hope as we continue on this journey. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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