Emmaus Road


"Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.

He asked them, 'What are you discussing together as you walk along?'

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, 'Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?'

'What things?' he asked.

'About Jesus of Nazareth,' they replied. 'He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.'

He said to them, 'How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?' And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, 'Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.' So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?'

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, 'It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.' Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread." - Luke 24:13-35

Hope Tinsley Benko, a young Episcopal priest, says that if she could only have one bit of scripture, this would be enough. God could use it to teach her the rest! In a way, everything is here! Here is the power and might of God revealed in Christ's death and resurrection. Here, on the road to Emmaus, Jesus shows the disciples a great truth that was invisible before. He teaches them patiently and kindly, as he always taught. Now he offers to teach us.

Here is the first communion, not Jesus telling about it, as he did in the Upper Room the night before he died, but in one way the real first communion, where the disciples recognize that the man they've been talking to all afternoon is the risen Lord. They see him for who he is as they break bread together.

Read the Walk to Emmaus story slowly. Be still. Read it again. In the silence, see the hidden things that the Lord has to show you.

Risen Jesus, risen Lord, I praise You for your power and majesty. Thank You for Your Spirit in my life. Let me be Your true disciple. Please, show me the parts of myself I would rather ignore. Let me hear sounds to which I have been deaf. Help me to slow down. Help me to see people and situations with Your eyes and understand them with Your wisdom. Help me to follow You every day, moment by moment, starting now. Amen.
Mar 15 2019