The Road to Emmaus and Taco Bell

*Let me warn you, this post may be considered by you and others a waste of your time. But to me, it is on the road to interesting.

I have been listening to the audiobook, No Easy Day, by Mark Owen, a Navy Seal who was a part of the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden. If you are at all interested in military stuff, particularly special forces stuff, grab this book. It is the thrilling, first hand account of the end of Osama Bin Laden’s reign of terror.

In the end of the book Owen takes you through the day or so immediately following the operation, and how within hours a ton of information about the mission was already being leaked. The Seals on the mission didn’t catch much of a break between arriving back safely and heading to their homes.

Owen, like after many other operations, decided to stop by Taco Bell on his way home to grab 2 tacos and a bean burrito. As a side note to this blog, this gives me comfort. A Navy Seal who just a handful of hours prior had stared into the face of Osama Bin Laden (dead at the time), just wanted some cheap mexican food (if it can be called that). This is comforting because when I want to splurge with food, Taco Bell is where it’s at.

He drove up to the window to grab his food and a high school kid working there handed it to him. This high school kid had no idea who he was I’m sure. He just saw him as another customer, enjoying the goodness of the Bell. Think about this: that high school kid was inches away from a man who just a day or so before snuck into Pakistan, then snuck into Osama Bin Laden’s compound and helped put an end to his reign.

When I heard this, I immediately thought about Luke 24:1-35.

In Luke 24 Jesus has just risen from the dead, having accomplished a special forces mission to be paralleled by no other, not even the Osama Bin Laden mission. Osama was a bad guy killed by the good guys. Jesus is a perfect man, the only perfect man, the God-man, who was killed by all the bad guys. Jesus was smoked by the wrath of God for sin, but not his sin, for he had none. He willing died in the place of sinners according to the plan of God. And on the third day after his bodily death Jesus rose from the dead.

On the very day he rose, he took a walk with 2 guys on a road to a village called Emmaus. And “…Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him” (Luke 24:15-16). These 2 guys were standing right next to the Son of God, who just defeated sin, death, and Satan, purchasing forgiveness of sins for all who would believe in him, and they had absolutely no clue.

They were like kids serving Taco Bell to the Navy Seal who just moments before helped put an end to one of the most influential terrorists of our time.

Jesus later revealed himself to them and 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?'” (Lk. 24:32). I’m guessing (wink) this burning was not the same kind of effect Taco Bell has on people (I usually produce 1-2 cheesy jokes a year. That was 1 of them).

What is my point? I don’t know, I just find it fascinating that the kid at Taco Bell had no clue whom he was serving, like the 2 guys on the road with Jesus, having no clue it was God in the flesh!