Jesus disciple’s believed that everything they wanted to happen as a result of His coming died with Him at the cross. They hoped that He would lead a revolt against Rome, bringing judgment on them for the way they had treated God’s people and setting Israel free from their rule. His followers wanted to be part of bringing judgment on their enemies, but Jesus is not even interested in judging our worst enemy. Because of this hope Christ’s death was traumatic for His followers. They struggled to understand that with the coming of Jesus there came a new age, one of grace and truth, not of judgment and burning. He came to light fires on the inside of His followers not burn sinners around them.
Christ’s followers watched the man who had infused them with life, showed them God’s Kingdom, and told them that wonderful things were going to happen die on the cross like a common criminal.
Trauma & Pain
When we go through trauma something happens inside as a result of the acute pain that accompanies the event. The disciples experienced a kind of death inside and their response was to get away from the place where it happened—to leave Jerusalem. This is a natural response when we go through something extremely difficult and hurtful. So, when Jesus came to walk with them on the way to Emmaus they did not recognize the glorified Savior due to the pain and trauma they had been through. Like us, they needed someone else to help them perceive what was happening.
People who are experiencing the same pain as us are not usually able to give us what we need, someone outside of our situation is better equipped to help us through it.
How Are You?
When we go through great trials Jesus comes to us not to say, “Here I am, the answer to your problems,” but to simply ask, “Hey, how are you doing, what’s going on in your heart and mind? Do you know how this event has affected you? If you invite me to come so you can share your thoughts and feelings with me, I can help you deal with it and move on.” He does not quote Bible verses at them, He just takes an interest in their internal state and asks them to tell Him what is going on inside. Jesus wants us to be honest and share our thoughts and feelings with Him so that He can help us become whole and move forward with His good plans for our life.
- What traumatic events have you experienced? Have you been honest with God about your pain and disappointment associated with them?
- Find someone you trust, who is not in the same painful situation, to help you through it. Set a time and a place to share your heart.