They will call him Immanuel, which means “God is with us.”
—Matthew 1:23 NLT
After Jesus’ resurrection, two of His followers were walking to the village of Emmaus. In the midst of their deep conversation, Jesus came and walked along with them, “but they were not able to recognize who he was” (Luke 24:13-32 MSG).
When Jesus inquired about what they were discussing, the men stood there, downcast for they had lost their dearest friend and beloved companion. Then they described to Him how Jesus the Nazarene had been a mighty, miracle-working prophet, and that He was loved both by God and His fellow man. Sadly, though, they related that Jesus had been crucified, and their hopes crushed. They were sure He would deliver Israel from the heavy yoke of the Romans. All the while, the risen Christ was standing right by their side!
Perhaps you’re like these men traveling to Emmaus; struggling with some trial or loss that seems devastating. Remember: Even when you don’t yet recognize Him, Jesus is right there with you!