‘Although they saw Him, they didn’t recognize Him.’ Luke 24:16 GWT
When you face a crisis it’s easy to lose perspective. It happened to two of Christ’s disciples on the Emmaus Road. Discouraged about His death, they were ‘talking with each other about everything that had happened… Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing Him.’ (Luke 24:14–16 NIV) When you take your eyes off Jesus, you start to feel helpless about your situation.
Dr Michael Youssef says: ‘Facing a major crisis, I tend to be the kind of person whose vision becomes blurred. My perceptions are shot. My contemplations are one-sided. I often shut out the very people who can deliver me, just like those two disciples… Their vision was blurred about the person who was walking with them and talking to them. The one whose death they were mourning was alive… but they didn’t realize it because their focus was on the wrong thing.’
But everything changed the minute they recognized Jesus. ‘Within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There…the two…told…how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along…and how they had recognized Him as He was breaking the bread.’ (Luke 24:33–35 NLT) Note the words ‘within the hour’. In an instant they went from fear to courage, pain to joy, and despair to hope. Paul wrote, ‘I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.’ (Ephesians 1:18 NIV) When you stop focusing on the problem and fix your eyes on Jesus, you get 20/20 vision and you’re filled with hope.