13-14: “That same day two of Jesus' followers were going to a town named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking about everything that had happened." - The events of the previous few days with the Crucifixion and the empty tomb created many unanswered questions. These disciples, however, were walking the wrong direction; away from Jerusalem where the truth was being revealed.
25-26: "Then Jesus said to them, 'You are foolish and slow to believe everything the prophets said. 26They said that the Christ must suffer these things before He enters His glory.'" - Even though these followers had experienced all of Jesus' teachings they were still slow to understand and believe. Jesus once again takes them through the Scriptures that reveal the truth of who He is.
30-31: "When Jesus was at the table with them, He took some bread, gave thanks, divided it, and gave it to them. 31And then, they were allowed to recognize Jesus…" - After being taught the lessons of the Scriptures, Jesus revealed himself through the elements of communion.
32: "They said to each other, 'It felt like a fire burning in us when Jesus talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us." - The Truth burns away all doubt and uncertainty.
33: "So the two followers got up at once and went back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven apostles and others gathered." - Even though it was late, the disciples knew that they needed to be with the growing community of faith in order to share and encourage others.
Points to Contemplate:
Do you discuss your faith with others?
Do you have a friend with whom you can raise the questions and doubts that burden your heart? Where do these discussions lead you? Do they take you away from Christ and out into the darkness of the wilderness? Or are you able to open your eyes to the presence of the Lord in your midst? When you have lost your way, what steps can you take to find your way back to Christ? Does it help to return and participate in the basic elements of faith such as communion in order to see Christ again?
Are you foolish? These two unnamed disciples were filled with fear and doubt in spite of everything they had been taught about the Messiah. Do you hold onto your doubt with both hands, refusing to accept the truth that has been revealed to you? Do you cling to worry and fear? Do you seek answers to your questions or are you stuck in the rut of uncertainty? What more proof do you need? Do you need Jesus to walk up to you with all the answers and a clear vision of the Truth? If He did this for you, would you recognize Him?
Have you felt the fires of God? When the truth of epiphany strikes you are you not fired up and inspired? When doubt and uncertainty are replaced with hope and encouragement do you suddenly see the light of a new day? When you experience the Holy Spirit guiding, teaching, convicting, leading, and teaching you, are you enflamed with a desire to share and serve? Have you experienced the passion of God? Promise of the Gospel:
Just as the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we often times find our selves walking the wrong direction in search of answers to the questions that are burning inside. We are seeking but we fail to see the truth of Christ directly in our path. When our eyes are finally opened to the Truth, nothing will quench the fires of inspiration burning within. We will run into ministry sharing the Good News with everyone we meet and following the pathway of discipleship that we have been called to walk.