Cleopas is mentioned once in the Bible. In Luke 24 two disciples leave Jerusalem on Easter evening and walk to Emmaus, a village seven miles away. They are distraught that their leader has been executed. They are joined in their walk by a stranger who is the resurrected Jesus, but they do not recognize him. (This is a common experience for Jesus after his resurrection; I think it still happens today.) As they walk along the stranger (Jesus) asks what they are discussing about Jerusalem.
Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” (Luke 24:18).
Cleopas is not listed in Luke 6 with the other apostles. We do not know how deep his commitment was to Jesus. Yet Jesus chose to reveal himself to Cleopas and his unnamed companion when they stopped for a meal together. Cleopas, in turn, had the opportunity to race back to Jerusalem and tell the other disciples what he had seen and heard.
He did not care whether he got future credit. He simply had to tell someone.
I think ministry is often like that today. God does not always choose the most committed or gifted or wisest person to be the messenger. God chooses the one who is willing to speak her mind and who is willing to share the good news that God is at work.
Cleopas was willing to hurry back to Jerusalem and to testify to the truth. He ended up where he started, but everything changed in the journey to Emmaus and back.
What journey are you on? Are you open to God speaking through a stranger?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, open my heart, soul, and mind to hear your voice and to do your will.
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