LUKE 24:13-32 (The Message Bible)
13-16That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was. 17-18He asked, “What’s this you’re discussing so intently as you walk along?”
They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their best friend. Then one of them, his name was Cleopas, said, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard what’s happened during the last few days?”
19-24He said, “What has happened?”
They said, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene. He was a man of God, a prophet, dynamic in work and word, blessed by both God and all the people. Then our high priests and leaders betrayed him, got him sentenced to death, and crucified him. And we had our hopes up that he was the One, the One about to deliver Israel. And it is now the third day since it happened. But now some of our women have completely confused us. Early this morning they were at the tomb and couldn’t find his body. They came back with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn’t see Jesus.”
25-27Then he said to them, “So thick-headed! So slow-hearted! Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?” Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him.
28-31They came to the edge of the village where they were headed. He acted as if he were going on but they pressed him: “Stay and have supper with us. It’s nearly evening; the day is done.” So he went in with them. And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him. And then he disappeared.
32Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”
I love the Emmaus road story so much. I love this story so much that I named the church after this whole experience. I love the way in which it takes something so simple, a walk along the road, and transforms it into a life altering experience. This is the journey of every believer. It is one of transition. From misunderstanding to understanding.
You see, the world is not split up into those who get it and those who dont. It is just not that simple. Jesus knew that. He knew that his disciples, his friends and even his family would not fully understand all that he had come to do. Even so, he walked with them, taught them, ate with them, healed them, cried with them and ultimately died for them. There is life in that. There is life in the fact that Jesus doesn't expect us to just get it all at once. There is no condemnation when we doubt or fear or fail. Think about the story of Jesus on the Emmaus Road. Jesus walks with these two misunderstanding disciples and opens the scripture to them. He opens his heart to them and in the process opens their eyes.
I have had my eyes opened. Jesus invited me on a journey and on this journey he has walked with me and showed me that from before time began he loved me. Not just that he loved me, but that he made me with a purpose. I was not an accident, and my life has meaning. That is the message of Christ to the world. You were created with a purpose and part of the journey is discovering who you are and what you were made for. That is the LIFE. The "Emmaus Life" is one of discovery. Discovering who God is and who he made you to be. Each of you has an Emmaus Road story. The story of your own discovery of Christ and who he made you to be.
What is your Emmaus Road story?