Leaders Who Walk Alongside Us
Reflections on Luke 24:13-35

In this passage the disciples were walking twelve kilometers on their way to Emmaus from Jerusalem after Jesus’ death. The leader they had followed around for three years was gone in one of the most gruesome ways possible.

Cleopas and his friend were downcast as they trudged along on the dirt road when their leader walked alongside them. This is a beautiful picture of a leader who walks alongside people who are going through rough times. How often do we neglect the needs of those we lead as we focus more on work targets that have to be met? The most inspiring leaders are those who care not just about the tasks but more importantly for the people they are leading.

Good leadership does not coddle people. We should note that Jesus provided Cleopas and his friend perspective (v. 25-26) and details of the big picture (v. 27). Good leaders serve us by faithfully steering us towards the right direction, reminding us of God’s vision.

Here we see Jesus expressing His authority in compassion. He listened to their hurts but He didn’t allow them to wallow in it, Jesus instead challenged them to look at the situation differently by opening their minds to who He was. He inspired them with His words causing their hearts to burn within them as He spoke.

When Cleopas and his friend invited Jesus to stay, He did. Jesus who is Immanuel, God with us, is still with us today. By the breaking of His body we enter into an eternal fellowship with Him. No wonder the disciples’ eyes were opened when Jesus broke bread. It was the moment when history suddenly made sense, when revelation was so powerful that they couldn’t help but go back to Jerusalem after a long day’s walk to Emmaus.

May Jesus, who walks alongside us, empower you this year to continue walking the road you are on and may He provide you with a community who will journey this road with you.

-Tiara Bacon, TMFII Program Head
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