Breathe in clear thoughts of peace and reflection as you prepare to hear God speak to you through the scripture and the writer. Put aside all the things the world says you have to accomplish today and use this time to rest in God’s presence.
Luke 24:13-35 (NRSV)
Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then 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?” He 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, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But 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. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They 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?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Most of our Bibles title this experience as “The Walk to Emmaus.” It is one of my favorite parts of the Bible. There are so many things to see in this passage. In Luke’s Gospel, this is the first appearance of the resurrected Christ. We have the opportunity to see Christ revealed in the breaking of the bread. I hope that whenever we break the bread in our churches we are striving to see the resurrected Christ revealed to us in new ways.
We also have the chance to hear the proclamation of the disciples who had walked along the road with Christ as they declare, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” We have the opportunity to walk the roads of life with Christ every day. If Christ is residing within us, he walks with us through every journey that we take. If Christ is walking the path of life with us, our hearts should burn with joy and hope. The Word of God and the power of Christ that resides within us should motivate our burning hearts to run with joy, just as those disciples did, and proclaim the risen Christ to every person we meet.
Loving God, you have provided us with your presence in our daily lives. You have promised to walk the steps of life with us. We thank you for the burning hope that this gives us. Help us to run with joy to share the good news with others. Amen.
Go with God.