What really happens after Easter? After the Candy-induced Coma subsides and the bunny has hopped away into the horizon?
Monday. Monday happens. Although the events that happened in Luke 24:13-35 happened on Sunday, the same day as Jesus rose from the dead, it certainly felt like Monday for the two gents in this great story.
Take a brief moment and read this quick passage, then come back, cool?
You back? Great, let’s go on…
The road to Emmaus from Jerusalem could not have appeared longer for these two! I’m sure they had traveled this path numerous times, yet today’s journey would be heavy, burdened. They were left to discussing and trying to make sense of all the news about Jesus.
Note: discuss (Gk. συζητέω suzēteō; to examine together, hence to dispute, converse)
Without recognizing him, along comes Jesus, “So…what are you all talking about?”
Stopping in their footsteps, faces bent towards the dirt. “Seriously, are you the only person who doesn’t know?”
That’s when the disciples started listing off events:
- Jesus – their Great prophet, had died at the hands of the people/government.
- On the third day, the Romans had not been overthrown by His kingdom… “Redeem Israel”
- Some women met an angel
- Their buddy went to see the tomb and confirmed the views of the women…
Their own expectations were what was clouding their minds, not quite catching what had really happened!
In response, Jesus called them foolish. That’s right, instead of saying “mmhmm”, and showing that he was an active listener, Jesus cut to the chase. Them’s fightin’ words!
Then Jesus launches into what I believe would be the greatest Bible Study…ever.
The Kingdom of God would not be a military force, but something much stronger: an empowered certainty.
They came to a town where they were going to stay the night, and they invited Jesus to stay with them.
Being the hosts, they would have served their guest, but not if the guest was Jesus. He took, blessed, and broke the bread. THEN they recognized him, and that very moment, Jesus disappeared.
I imagine they stared, eyes wide open, first at the empty chair, then at each other, and then freaked out as calmly as they could manage.
Listen to this metaphor. The sole description that they could express the feeling they shared: burning hearts.
Not a stiff uppercut to their soul, or icy cold pins and needles in their spirit.
Their hearts burned as Jesus spoke. This was no infomercial, no motivational speech. This was God’s own son, speaking true life into them.
Jesus can meet and walk with us through our toughest questions and most chaotic circumstances. He’s a person of proximity. He will ask us leading questions that he already knows the answers to. He is there in our process. He may call us foolish, or even slow-of-heart (an expression I’m quite sure was not very positive), yet we can be assured in our very hearts that he will take care of us.
He teaches us how to trust his promises by reminding us of what was said of him. All of the biblical promises will carefully nudge each shard of our personal history into alignment. Just as in Deuteronomy 6:7, Jesus was there discussing life with the two on the road to Emmaus, and so is with us.
Like those two disciples, when you recognize that He is who he is, your heart will confirm it!
This week, find someone to walk with, let God in on the conversation, remember his promises, and let him make sense of life.