Jesus Invites Us to Invite Him In
By Adam Kurihara
What, in your mind, does Jesus think of you? How do you think Jesus would respond to you if he was standing next to you and you didn’t know it was him? In Luke 24:13-35, we get a glimpse of sneaky Jesus (I read a bit of humor into this text). He could reveal himself to them at any point, but waits for them to invite him in.
I resonate with Cleopas. I could see myself saying the same thing: “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened here these days?” How embarrassing to jump to the conclusion that this stranger knew nothing of what happened, to assume that this person was completely ignorant when in fact it was Jesus himself.
“So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, “stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent. So he went in to stay with them.” (Luke 24:29
Jesus wants us to
invite him in
. He doesn’t force his way into our homes or our hearts - he enters our lives as a friend, even though he is Lord of not only our lives, but of the whole world. What does Jesus think of you? He wants to be with you, but we must invite him in.