Luke 24.13-35 ( bible.oremus.org ) ??? click for the text
The gospel lesson for this Sunday comes from the story of the walk to Emmaus. Two disciples are traveling away from Jerusalem on Easter Sunday to a small town 7 miles away. As they are walking and talking about their dissappointment in Jesus’ death, Jesus himself joins them, unrecognized. He asks them what they are talking about and they stop. One looks at him and says,
Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?
Define “irony.” Here is a guy and his friend who think they really know what has happened, who really think they understand these events. As funny as it is, Jesus is the only one who really knows and understands what has happened and what it all means.
Two things today:
- Their mistake was in their walking away from Jerusalem when Jerusalem was the place they needed to stay. Had they stayed a little longer, all their doubts would have been shattered. But, they walked away. And at the same time, the love of God is defined in what came next. Jesus came and found these two saddened disciples along the road. Jesus came after them, because that is what God does. God is a moving God???coming and going, seeking and finding. This is the God of the Old Testament, as he moved with his people.
- The second thing to note is when it was that they recognized Jesus. For whatever reason, they did not recognize him. May be it was their attitude and posture of heart and maybe it was God’s desire that they not see. But regardless of that, it was in the breaking of the bread that Jesus was made known to them. I can’t stress enough the importance of Holy Communion. It truly is God’s perfect picture and testimony to his sacrifice and desire for fellowship with us.
Know that God desires to find you, whatever road you are on, whether you are coming to or going away from the place where Christ is showing his resurrected self, he desires to find you. And when he does, his desire is to break bread with you, to have Holy Communion with you, and to reveal himself and his transforming grace to you.
May God grant you the eyes of faith to see his face and the fellowship with him that comes through the breaking of bread. Have a great week!