Luke 24:13-35 is titled The Road To Emmaus. If you are familiar with this scripture you know that two unnamed disciples were traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the day that Jesus had risen from the dead. As they were on their journey, Jesus joined them. Yet, they did not recognize the person who had joined them on their journey as Jesus. Verse 16 says their eyes were restrained, so they did not know him. This ‘stranger’ who had joined these disciples began to ask about the events that had just happened. The disciples shared the life of Jesus, His crucifixion and resurrection. After the disciples shared about Jesus and all the events that had just happened, this stranger began to quote and share the scriptures and prophecies that concerned Him.
The two disciples and Jesus arrive to the village where they were going, and He indicated He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, He took the bread, blessed and broke it,and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
The disciples reflected on what had just happened. They asked one another “Did our hearts not burn within while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” As they asked each other this question, they knew it was without a doubt that they had to go back to Jerusalem and find the other disciples and share the good news! The Lord had indeed risen!! They began to share all that happened on their journey on the Road to Emmaus.
We all know that Jesus will return to earth some day. No one including Jesus Himself knows the hour nor the day of His return. Yet, if He would return as He did to these disciples, would we know Him? Are our eyes retrained? Do you recognize Him today in your every day life? Do you know He walks beside you everyday?
Jesus has not made the physical grand the entrance as written in scripture but He is here with us every day. He is that homeless person that you helped feed. He is the person who you let go before you in line at the grocery. Jesus is the person you stopped to help change a flat on the side of the road.
Not only was He the person you may have helped. He was also the person who helped you. Ever been in a waiting room in a hospital and a stranger came up to give you comfort or simply listen to your situation? Ever had a rough day and some stranger gave you a wave and/or a smile and it cheered you up? Maybe, there was a decision you had to make and then someone said something that helped with that decision. Yes, that is Jesus letting you know that He is there with you always.
As we go through the Lenten Season, be aware of His presence. Take a walk on a warm spring day and be aware that it is Him who is walking with you. When you receive communion at worship, may your eyes be opened to Christ and His works that are happening all around you. Then, as your eyes are opened and you experience His grace, join Him in His work. Be His disciple and share the good news that He lives!
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart!
May He live within your heart today and always!
(chorus from hymn ‘He Lives’ Cokesbury Hymnal p. 241)