Luke 24:13-35: The Road to Emmaus – Part III
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
We know that Christ walks with us each as we move along our pilgrimage way to the Easter resurrection. Would Christ speak to us as he speaks to the Emmaus disciples? Would he find us as open and as blind as the Emmaus believers? And would he linger with us even as we linger with him?
We look at THE MESSAGE translation of Jesus’ words to his disciples, and we explore our own connection with Christ.
So thick-headed! So slow-hearted!
Do we see ourselves as open or closed to the Good News story that everyone is a child of God, everyone is saved, everyone is healed?
Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said?
Do we resist the kingdom with great vigor and ignore the message of life with studied nonchalance?
Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?
Do we step away from obstacles and move toward comfort?
Then [Jesus] started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him.
Do we spend time with Scripture or decide that our days are too busy, our nights too long to turn to the simple words inspired by the Spirit?
Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?
Like the Emmaus disciples, do we recognize the one who lives and teaches among us? Do we return to Jerusalem to share both joy and tribulation with those who know the Easter story? And do we allow our Emmaus conversion to last a lifetime of hoping and loving in Christ?
When we compare various translations of the Emmaus story, we open our hearts to the sorrow and joy of the Easter story.