Their Eyes Were Holden

Luke 24:16  But their eyes were holden 
that they should not know him. 


        I was reading in Luke 24 the other day and this verse just "jumped off the page" at me. Of course, context is key, so I must mention that the passage is about the two that walked on the road to Emmaus. Jesus had risen, but had not yet appeared to His disciples. He appeared to this couple, who was returning to their home  at  Emmaus, after passover week.  
        Verse 18 tells us that one of them was named Cleopas.  In John 19:25 ,  his wife, Mary is  mentioned as one of the women at the cross of Jesus. When we read the remaining verses of Luke 24, it makes sense that the "two" would be Cleopas and his wife Mary. It tells of Jesus  entering  in and, breaking bread, and eating with them. 
        I use to wonder if Jesus looked different after the resurrection because these two did not recognize Him.  But this verse explains it. "Their eyes were holden that they should not know him."  That is why they didn't know him.   
        How often do I have things come into my life that may be unpleasant only to learn later that it was God working in my life. In a way my eyes were holden that I didn't see Jesus in the situation. Sometimes "bad" things happen to us, and it is God molding and shaping our lives into the image of His Son. As Christians, we should always look for the Lord in the circumstances of our lives. Things happen to us for a reason. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Nothing comes into your life or my life without first passing through the loving hands of a sovereign God. 
        One reason we go through hard times is so we can learn how to be a blessing to someone else who is going through similar trials. I am reminded of the song "Standing Somewhere In The Shadows You'll Find Jesus" Also, the poem "Footprints" so vividly depicts  how that sometimes we feel like the Lord has deserted us during our hardest times, but it is then that he carries us. 
        I once heard a preacher say that Jesus hangs out in the most unlikely places, like in the pediatric ward of a cancer hospital where children are hurting, in the grave yard where a funeral is being held and people are grieving,  or in a nursing home where people are lonely, etc. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter, so naturally, Jesus, in the person of the Holy Spirit would hang out where there are those in need of comfort. So don't forget to look for Jesus in all the circumstances of life. He is walking with you just like he did the couple on that road to Emmaus.
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Blessings!
Lisa

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