Lukas 24:13-35 | Pdt. Erick Kartawijaya
On the Road to Emmaus (Listen)
13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 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. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Dua orang murid pulang ke Emaus dalam keadaaan duka, kecewa dan hilang harapan, karena Yesus telah mati. Tetapi saat mata mereka terbuka dan mengenal Yesus (v.31), mereka menjadi berbahagia dan penuh sukacita.
Orang Kristen yang mengenal Yesus dengan benar pasti akan berbahagia. Apakah yang dimaksud dengan “mengenal Yesus dengan benar” itu?
1. Bukan hanya tahu (v.13-26)
Kleopas dan temannya tahu banyak tentang Yesus. Mereka mengagumi pekerjaan dan perkataanNya, serta mengharapkan Dia adalah Mesias yang datang untuk membebaskan Israel. Mereka tahu bahwa beberapa orang mendapati Yesus tidak ada lagi di kubur dan malaikat mengatakan bahwa Dia hidup! Tetapi mereka tidak percaya. Mereka tidak mengenali Yesus yang bersama mereka. Banyak orang Kristen yang juga tahu tetapi tidak percaya dan tidak mengenal Yesus yang bersama mereka. Maka mereka belum berbahagia atau memiliki sukacita sejati.
2. Bukan hanya percaya (v.27-29)
Yesus menjelaskan kembali apa yang tertulis tentang Dia dalam seluruh kitab suci. Mereka menyambut dan percaya, sehingga mereka mendesak Yesus agar tinggal bersama-sama dengan mereka melewati malam itu. Banyak orang Kristen yang senang mendengar tentang Yesus, menyambutNya dan percaya, tetapi mereka belum “kenal” atau memiliki relasi dengan Yesus. Maka mereka belum berbahagia atau memiliki sukacita sejati itu.
3. Tetapi kenal dan saksikan (v.30-35)
Yesus mengucapkan berkat dan memecahkan roti, maka kedua murid itu mengenal Dia sebagai Tuhan yang telah mati dan sungguh telah bangkit. Mereka berbahagia, dengan sukacita mereka segera kembali ke Yerusalem dan menceritakan tentang apa yang mereka dan para murid lain alami, sungguh Yesus adalah Tuhan yang telah mati dan telah bangkit!
Baiklah kita bukan hanya tahu dan percaya, tetapi juga mengenal dan menyaksikan tentang Yesus yang telah mati dan bangkit itu; agar kita berbahagia dan bersukacita penuh.
Ringkasan kotbah Pdt Erick Kartawijaya, tgl. 29 Desember 2019