LPNI Devotion – June
Now that same day two of them were
going to a Village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.
They were talking with each other about everything that had
happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself
came up and walked along with them ... (Luke
One thing we do not often look forward to in life is change.
I’m not taking about the everyday changes that add variety to
life. I’m talking about life-changing events. What
makes that kind of change bearable is the sure knowledge that, as
in our text, Jesus walks with us. He is our stability,
Savior, companion and friend. He is our source of confidence
all along the journey of life. There’s no greater privilege
or blessing in this life than to walk with Jesus.
Our scripture reading describes an event that took place toward
evening on the first Easter Sunday. The disciples and other
followers of Jesus had heard reports from the women that Jesus’
tomb was empty. At this point they were so overwhelmed in
sorrow they could not believe it. Luke says that two of
Jesus’ followers, who had heard the report of the women, were
walking away from Jerusalem, talking intently with each other about
the day’s events. Their mood was more than sadness, more than
simple doubt. The fact that the one disciple mentioned by
name – Cleopas -- was not one of the 12, indicates that despair had
set in more widely. In Jesus’ day the Jewish tradition of
mourning called for seven days of sitting on the floor. No
furniture, just stark and solemn mourning. Yet the people of
our text are leaving after only three days. There is a sense
The disciples had a deep need, and Jesus joined them in that
need. He knew about them, and he knows about us.
He is our companion through life. I want you to notice something as
you read all of this account in Luke 24. Only one of the
followers of Jesus is named. That man is Cleopas, whom the
early church called Clopas. You may recall that Mary, the
wife of Clopas, was at the cross of Jesus. Who was the
unnamed disciple? Some conjecture is that it just as easily
could have been a woman. A woman would certainly not make
this sort of journey alone. It could have been Mary, the wife of
Clopas, herself. The only drawback to that is that the women
seemed quick to believe, and these followers of Jesus were filled
with doubt and sorrow.
Who is the other disciple? In a sense, it is you, and it is
me! Unnamed intentionally perhaps to enable us to see
ourselves as the one Jesus accompanies in the midst of our doubts
and sorrows, our questions and even our despair. Jesus walks with
us, a very present help in trouble (Psalm
46:1). Again the Psalmist writes (139:1-3),
O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You
know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from
afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are
familiar with all my ways.
And again, we learn, Can a mother forget her nursing
baby and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though even
she may forget, I will not forget you! (Isaiah
49:15) You are the one he loves. You are the one he
walks with throughout your life.
Christ opens our eyes through his word to see him. He causes
our hearts to burn with joy and amazement as he reveals himself to
us and creates faith within us. We have been led to
conversations with Jesus from Bethlehem to the cross and empty
tomb, then along the road to Emmaus and the lanes, paths,
driveways, and roads of our life. We walk, knowing that the
Lord walks with us.
Lord Jesus, thank you for walking with me. Help me to take
the next steps, knowing you are mindful of me and by my side
through all the changes I’m asked to face. Amen.
Rev. Fred Zimmermann
Chaplain, LCMS Parish Nurse Council
Cross Plains, WI USA