The Unknown Co-traveler


Let me share a story with you by Chakunni Achan. During war times, a chaplain who was appointed with an army asked a gravely injured solider ,” Shall I read out some Bible verses to you.”

Writhing in unbearable pain the young soldier said the chaplain, ” My throat is dry. Can you give me some water to drink.” The chaplain ran and quickly brought some water for the soldier to drink. Biting back his scream of pain the soldier looked up at the chaplain with begging eyes and said,” If only I could raise my head up on something I would feel much better.” The chaplain rushed inside the army tent and brought out a blanket and folded it into a makeshift pillow.He rested the soldier’s head slowly on to it. The soldier was shivering in pain and cold. Seeing his pitiable condition, the chaplain removed his clothes and covered the soldier with them.

At this act of kindness, the half dead soldier said to the chaplain who shone like a beacon of love, ” Please read to me passages that are like your act of love and kindness. I would love to hear them.” The chaplain read to him the parable of The Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan in our lives is our Lord Jesus Christ.

After the crucifixion of Christ, the women prepared perfumes and spices to embalm His body. They went to the tomb with them. What they saw there was beyond their imagination and unbelievable. The rock at the mouth of the tomb had been moved and the body of Jesus was missing. There were two angels who said to the women that Christ has risen. The women ran to share this Good News with the disciples. The disciples did not believe them and felt it was impossible.

We can observe three things here.

1.The unknown co traveler: Luke 24:15, 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;… Two disciples were going to a village called Emmaus. One of them was named Cleopas. While they were travelling another person joined them coincidentally. The two disciples were disturbed and nervous about what had happened and were discussing these matters. The stranger without showing any prior knowledge about their discussion asked them about their talk. They told them what they were discussing and said that we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. Luke 24: 19-21,19 “What things?” he asked.“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.

They further added that they were amazed by the account shared by the women that two angels at the tomb had said that Christ is risen. Dear children of God, our Savior, always desires to walk with us and hold our hands whenever we are troubled and disturbed. The best we can see about this is from the example of Jacob.

2. The stranger who opens our inner eyes: We read in the Bibles it was seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Luke 24:28-29, 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. They rested together and sat down for dinner with Him, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him. This is renewing the Last Supper the disciples had with our Lord Jesus Christ. If we keep requesting Jesus to stay with us in our homes, He is most willing to accept our invite. Our homes should be a platform of blessings and sharing this is what this Bible verse teaches us.

3. The one who strengthens those who are weak in faith: The disciples on recognizing that the stranger with them was their teacher, they were renewed in faith and strength. The belief that had been weakened was strengthened and they immediately returned to Jerusalem. On returning back they found Simon recounting his meeting with Jesus. They too shared their experience with the other 11 disciples. These disciples had seen the empty tomb and also heard the women. But their faith was not strong to believe in the risen Christ. Yet when they experienced and saw Jesus has risen with their own eyes they were strengthened in faith and belief to preach the word of God without fear.

Dear Children of God, is the Lord still a stranger for you??? If you say yes, then I pray to the Lord that He may open the eyes of your soul for Him. Salvation is away from you if you do not believe and affirm in the risen Christ. God is pure love. The world has seen and experienced the depth of His love for us 2000 years ago on the cross. Can anyone forget that love and sacrifice?? Be it BC or AD, the truth remains forever among us. The world today is in need of a Savior who loves them and delivers them from their sins. Believe and affirm in Christ and walk on the path to salvation and deliverance. If you are a true believer then pray with the bottom of your heart to help you grow in spirit and faith.


Supper at Emmaus by Carl Heinrich Bloch | Jesus christ, Christ, Gospel of  luke
Supper at Emmaus by Carl Heinrich Bloch | Jesus Christ, Christ, Gospel of Luke

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