May 5, 2019
LUKE 24:17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him..
Jesus said, “That was quite a debate you just having. What were you discussing?” With grief, most anything is a trigger and sadness leapt to their faces. Cleopas looking up over his glasses asked, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem not to know what happened this week? You don’t get out much?” “What things?” Seeing Cleopas’ exasperation, Symeon interjected, “Jesus of Nazareth, who was prophet in deed and word before God and all the people…”
The consequence of a drought of prophets in Israel from Malachi to John the Baptizer was spiritual hunger. There is never any lack of people wanting to order people around, while telling them exactly what the Holy One would do or say, if only God had all the facts. John, the Baptizer was cut from a different bolt, actually a bolt of lightening not camel-skin.
Of course God has all the facts. The important thing to know about Jesus is not that he is like God. The important thing to know is that God is like Jesus. “If you have seen me,” said Jesus, “You have seen the Father.” The Incarnation revels the identity and face of the Creator. That turned out to be good news. Good News in deed. Not only that, we are invited to call God, “father.” That’s amazing when you think on it.
There are many amazing things yet to come! I have it on good authority.
In hope, in spite of the facts. John