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Easter Evening on the Road to Emmaus

12 Apr

Please note scripture is posted below.

It is the evening of the Resurrection. Two disciples are traveling the seven miles to Emmaus while processing Jesus’ arrest, passion, crucifixion, and death. They are grieving not only the death of their rabbi (teacher) and beloved friend, but also their hope that Jesus had been the long-awaited Messiah to ‘save us’.

These disciples are also processing an ‘idle tale’ beyond belief, for Mary and the other women returned from the tomb proclaiming that Jesus had been raised from the dead.

As they walked and processed, Jesus accompanied them but unrecognized as a stranger.

As they walked and shared, Jesus interpreted the scriptures to these disciples.

As the disciples arrived, they invited Jesus to stay with them for dinner.

As they begun dinner, Jesus blessed and broke the bread revealing himself as their beloved rabbi and friend.

Although this post-Resurrection account is understated, it provides an essential and gentle reassurance that Jesus always accompanies and stays with us in thick and thin, interprets the scriptures to teach us, and reveals himself to us especially in the breaking of bread through Holy Communion.

May our hearts burn with Jesus’ teaching.
May Jesus’ presence always be recognized.
Amen.

13Now on that same day… two [disciples] were going to a village called Emmaus… 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel…
25Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread… (Luke 24: 13 – 49)

 

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Devotions/Reflections

 

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