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What Things?




After Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, he appeared to two puzzled disciples who were walking toward Emmaus.  The Apostle Luke describes the encounter (notice the verses that I bold):


LUKE 24:14-20

14 They were talking with each other

about everything that had happened.

15 As they talked and discussed these

things with each other, Jesus himself

came up and walked along with them;

16 but they were kept from recognizing


17 He asked them, "What are you

discussing together as you walk along?"

18They stood still, their faces downcast.  One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?"   
19"What things?" he asked.


What jumped out at me in the narrative above?


Very few of us will have the opportunity to question the Son of God's social skills.   Here, the Omniscient One, God Incarnate, is challenged to explain a perceived

lack of knowledge.


Here, Jesus shows us what a servant's heart truly is.   He didn't literally lord it over the disciples that he was aware

of events to the last "jot and tittle".*   He didn't brush everything away with a commanding gesture of the hand.

Instead, he invited dialogue and room for himself to minister, and as the other two would see, as their risen Savior.


"What things?"   Then things really happened!


* Philippians 2:6-9

5 Your attitude should be the same as

that of Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

7 but made himself nothing, taking the

very nature of a servant, being made in

human likeness.

8 And being found in appearance as a

man, he humbled himself and became

obedient to death-- even death on a


9Therefore God exalted him to the

highest place and gave him the name

that is above every name,


Scripture is taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by Permission of Zondervan.   All rights reserved.  Bold text is mine.



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