Who Are You Overlooking on Your Emmaus Road Experience?

lightstock_88429_small_byrene_haney      “Can’t see your nose in front of your face “

Idiom Meaning – Being oblivious to something obvious, in clear view.
On the Road to Emmaus Jesus had His faithful disciples not recognize him.  It is easy to focus on the disciples short-comings.

To see the disciples as men with a weak faith or just too spiritually dense to be effective witnesses. Why were the disciples unable to see the obvious?  Jesus is right there in front of their face, and they can’t see him.  Could the answer also be obvious?

A Cultural Blindness.

“That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” (ESV Luke 24:13-15)

Early in the Easter story account, we know that God used the witness of the women at the tomb to broadcast the news that, “Christ, is Risen!”  In that period of history, women were not allowed to testify in a Roman court because they were considered by the men of that time to be untrustworthy witnesses.

I love how God turns man-made customs and rules on their head.  In all four of the accounts in the Gospels, the people who gave witness to the resurrection were not the fear-filled faithful male followers, but women. Society’s second-class citizens were given the honor to announce to the world that God keeps His promise and has rescued Israel.

Is it possible that what contributed to the disciple’s spiritual density is that they were reacting to the societal norms of rejecting the untrustworthy witness of the women?
What is causing you blindness in your Emmaus road journey?  What group of people in your life (if they were the ones God called to tell you Christ is risen) would you struggle to find reliable?

But the disciples did something right in this story.
 
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