The Road to Emmaus is an understated, but beloved, post-Resurrection account of the Risen Christ.
It beautifully interweaves distinctive characteristics of the Gospel of Luke, for example the Holy Spirit is the force that drives Jesus further down the road towards places of hospitality and shared table fellowship – or road trips, friendly faces, and yummy food!
The Road to Emmaus happens on the evening of the Resurrection.
There are two disciples on a seven-mile road trip from Jerusalem to Emmaus. These seven-miles might not sound adventurous, or be considered a legitimate road trip, but it was on foot alone and wearing sandals in a hot, sandy desert. We do not know the purpose for their road trip, but perhaps the disciples found it therapeutic; similar to how a Jeep, a dirt country road, and the radio turned up is for me.
These disciples, during these seven-miles, were not on the road to Emmaus alone but also grief recovery.
These disciples are processing the grief of witnessing the arrest, passion, crucifixion, and death of their beloved rabbi and friend.
These disciples are processing the grief of hope lost, for they had hoped Jesus was the long awaited Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »