Focal Passage: Luke 24:13-34
That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 16 But God kept them from recognizing him. 17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. 18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.” 19 “What things?” Jesus asked. “The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. 20 But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago. 22 “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. 23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! 24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.” 25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, 29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. 30 As they sat down to eat,* he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. 31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! 32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” 33 And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, 34 who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.
Tyndale House Publishers: Holy Bible : New Living Translation. 2nd ed. Wheaton, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, 2004
Every time I read this story I am amazed that Jesus was walking with these guys and they missed Him. They seemed to be so focused on telling the story that they missed the risen savior! To me, that story is extremely convicting. Sometimes when I teach, I am so fixed on telling the story that I miss when Jesus shows up in the middle of it. You know what I mean, I get too concerned with the process and I miss all that God is doing. Have you been there: so busy doing things for God that you miss Him? This Resurrection Day let’s reflect on the last year and answer these questions:
Questions for Reflection and Application:
- When has Jesus walked you through a difficult time and given you the strength you needed?
- When did you go through a tough time and only afterwards — in hindsight — you realized Jesus was with you… but you walked as if you were alone?
Our Father, today is resurrection Sunday. We want to thank you for the promise of your constant presence in our lives over this past year. Again and again we see your hand of mercy. Thank you for sending your Son to die for my sins and forgive me when I live life on my own. Today, Easter Sunday 2009, I desire resurrection in every area of my life. Would you help me see you and your life in every part of this day. I want to come alive to you in a fresh new way. I want to live my life so it brings honor to you! Help me live every day in the recognition of your presence. In the name of our resurrected Lords and Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray. AMEN