And Jesus said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”
Luke 24:25–27, ESV
This dialogue between Jesus, Cleopas, and the travel companion of Cleopas is a great reminder of how our Lord works. We often believe that we see things clearly and the reality that is presented before us by those who deliver the news is the full picture. Yet, how often do we find perspectives built on things centered in the Word of God being presented to us in the world? Jesus listened to the news that had spread and saw two men full of fear and distraught because of the events that had unfolded. He listened attentively to what they shared with Him and then revealed to them the full Gospel, which showed the entire picture which was revealed through the books of Moses and all the prophets. Jesus brought it back to the Word of God. We are called to do the same. As followers of Christ, our perspectives are meant to be centered on the Word of God. Sometimes we can become overly caught up in the world’s ideas that we miss out on what God is doing. These ideas can create unnecessary division and hardship and cause us to lose sight of our mission as we look at those with whom we disagree, not as people made in the image of God but as enemies that stand against us. We may then hold back from sharing the Word and the promises of Christ because of our fear of reprisal. Jesus did not withhold the Gospel, and neither did the Apostles. They ministered to their jailers and abusers. When we lead people through the Old and New Testaments of Scripture, we can show how God and His mercy have been seeking to lead all back into His firm embrace, and we can be lifted up in the certainty and hope our Lord desires for us to know in full confidence.
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.