Have you ever felt that other Christians were special to God, but not you? Have you thought that other believers were important in the church, but not you? Cleopas helps us to see the truth that every child of God is special! Every child of God is important to God’s purposes! You may be thinking—“Who is Cleopas?” Good question and we will get to that in a minute.
Who would you have expected Jesus to appear to on resurrection Sunday? The Bible tells us that Jesus appeared to Peter (Luke 24:34). You say, “Well yeah, but look who Peter was. Peter was so important to the church. He was one of the twelve apostles. God did special signs and wonders through Peter. Peter was in Christ’s inner circle.”
Mark records that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene on resurrection Sunday (Mark 16:9). This is definitely significant—that Jesus appeared first to a woman. Why? Because, in the first century women were not honored consistent with God’s intended purpose for them from creation. Also, Mary Magdalene had seven demons cast of her when she came to Christ (Mark 16:9). You may have thought your life before Christ was too bad for God to use you or to honor you with His presence. Not true! Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene is mentioned several times in Scripture and some might say that is why Jesus appeared to her. That brings us to Cleopas.
On resurrection Sunday two disciples were traveling to Emmaus. As they walked and talked about the events of the past several days, weeks, and months, they were joined by a stranger. That stranger was none other than the resurrected Christ! Not only did Jesus walk with these two men, but He also gave them a Bible study that had to be totally awesome! Jesus went through the Old Testament beginning with Moses and all the prophets and expounded the things concerning Himself (Luke 24:27). How would like to have been in on that small group Bible study? One of the two men is mentioned by name in Luke 24:18—Cleopas. This is the only place in Scripture where Cleopas’ name is recorded.
You see, Cleopas was important to Jesus. Cleopas was special to God’s purposes through His Son Jesus Christ. Both of these men were important and special. God does not have favorites in His family. Every child of God is special and important in God’s kingdom. You, my brother and sister, are special and important to God’s kingdom! I encourage to pray the next three sentences to God in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving:
“Thank you, Father, for recording the account of Jesus speaking with the two men on the road to Emmaus! Thank you for loving me! Thank you for showing me that I am special and important to You and to Your kingdom!”
© 2016, Dr. Robert Franklin