All this time Saul was breathing down the necks of the Master’s disciples, out for the kill. He went to the Chief Priest and got arrest warrants to take to the meeting places in Damascus so that if he found anyone there belonging to the Way, whether men or women, he could arrest them and bring them to Jerusalem.He set off. When he got to the outskirts of Damascus, he was suddenly dazed by a blinding flash of light. Acts 9
That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was.
Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”
Then the two went over everything that happened on the road and how they recognized him when he broke the bread Luke 24
There is an analogy that has been used over the years to describe how people can come to a deep knowledge of Jesus. The analogy involves two famous Bible stories of how different people came to a clear understanding of Jesus.
One road is the “Damascus Road” where Paul encountered a blinding vision of Jesus that immediately turned his life in a completely different direction. Where he once was a persecutor of this new cult of Christians who were defying his beloved Jewish faith, he now became the chief evangelist of the Jesus whom he now knew for the first time.
The other road, the “Emmaus Road” experience is one where Luke and Cleopas, who were followers of Jesus, encountered Jesus in a much different way. As they were walking together, commiserating how their friend Jesus was now dead, having recently been crucified, Jesus came alongside them, unrecognized by the grieving pair. Gradually, they became aware that this person was telling them some deep truths. They finally actually “saw him” when he broke bread with them, and their eyes were spiritually opened in a new and profound way. Their process of knowing Jesus was a gradual one. Paul’s process was immediate and dramatic.
The point is, we cannot truly prescribe how people should come to know Jesus. There is no one right way to meet him. While Jesus is the way to understanding God, there are many ways to come to know Jesus.
So, don’t worry about the road on which you meet Jesus. Just make sure that you are open to meeting him on your journey.
Prayer: Lord, you have given us many paths to walk, and we thank you for the diversity that you afford us as we seek the love of Jesus, Amen.