“He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’ They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, ‘Are you the only one living in Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that have happened there in these days?'” Luke 24:17-18
The Mysterious Eavesdropper walked up to two people in deep conversation and said, “What are you talking about? And why so glum?” They stopped in their tracks, perhaps surprised that a stranger would interrupt their intense discussion. Or maybe they were shocked that someone could be so out of touch with the top news headline of the day.
Cleopas answered the question with a question of his own, and it was a funny one. It must have made Jesus smile a little bit. After all, Jesus was the only one living in Jerusalem who DID know exactly what was going on.
But Cleopas was right about one thing: Jesus was living. He had a real live body – He wasn’t a ghost or some kind of disembodied floating spirit, but a walking-on-the-road, engaging-in-conversation, fully alive person.
If you’re feeling downcast today, take heart.
Jesus sees you.
Jesus hears you.
Jesus is walking right there with you.
But don’t be surprised if He wants you to turn around.
Things are just starting to get good.