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):
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
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.