Song: Good to Me
Artist: Audrey Assad
On the Road and In the Dark
Like Thomas’ story yesterday, today’s reading from Luke records an encounter between the resurrected Jesus and a couple of his disciples. I’d encourage you to take a moment and read the whole story (Luke 24:13-35), but here’s a little excerpt.
15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.
It’s a story that taps into something Pastor David mentioned on Sunday: expectations.
You see it right there at the end: But we had hoped…(v 21).
They’d expected redemption for Israel – a Messiah who would set them free. Instead, they’d lived through a criminal conviction, a crucifixion, and an apparent grave robbery. The arc of their lives with Jesus is trending in the wrong direction. They’re confused and crushed. They don’t know what’s going on.
They’re on the road and in the dark.
But in this moment, Jesus shows up, walks with them, points to Scripture and says, essentially, “Trust me.” Trust my plans and purposes. I know that what you’re experiencing now doesn’t match your expectations, but trust me. Read the Scriptures. Lean in to what you know about me and my character…and trust me.
On the road and in the dark. That bit of road between the expectation of redemption and the promise of resurrection. That stretch of highway that takes us by cross and grave. And it’s in that space that Jesus says to us: trust me.
Perhaps you find yourself on that very stretch of road today. Reality just doesn’t match expectation. May the resurrection of Jesus – the promise that God’s purposes will win the day – fill you with hope and inspire you to trust Him.
Where is Jesus inviting you to trust Him today?