Easter Sunday

That same day two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, which lay about 7 miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all these happenings.

As they talked and discussed it with one another, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but something held their eyes from seeing who it was.

He asked them,’ What is it you are debating as you walk?’.

They stopped, their faces full of gloom, and one, called Cleopas, answered,’ Are you the only person staying in Jerusalem not know what is happening there in the last few days?

‘ What do you mean?’ He said.

‘ All this about Jesus of Nazareth’, they replied, ‘A Prophet in powerful speech and action before God and the whole people; how our chief priests and rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and crucified him.

But we had been hoping that he was the man to liberate Israel.What is more, this is the third day since it happened, and now some women of our company have astounded us; they went early to the tomb but failed to find his body, and they returned with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who told him he was alive.

So some of our people went to the tomb and found things just as they said; but him they did not see.’

‘ How dull you are!’ He answered.’ How slow to believe all that the prophets said! Was the Messiah not bound to suffer thus before entering upon his glory?’

Then he began with Moses and all the prophets, and explained to them the passages which referred to himself in every part of the Scriptures.

By this time they had reached the village to which they were going, and he made as if to continue his journey, but they pressed him:
‘Stay with us, for evening draws on, and the day is almost over’.

So he went in to stay with them and when he sat down with them at table, he took bread and said the blessing; he broke the bread and offered it to them.

Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised him; and he vanished from their sight.

They said to one another, ‘Did we not feel our hearts on fire as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?’

Without a moments delay they set out and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and the rest of the company had assembled, and were saying, ‘It is true the Lord has appeared to Simon.’

Then they gave their account of their journey and told how he had been recognised by them at the breaking of the bread.

(Luke 24: 13-35)

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In a variety of ways, in different places, to different people, Jesus manifested his risen self.

One thought he was a gardener.

To others he was a travelling companion with a marvellous gift of expounding the Scriptures; and so on.

But to all of them he brought peace. They needed that above all else, the peace of forgiveness for their desertion of him, the peamicrophone offce of knowing that death had no more dominion over him and that he was there; alive, radiant.

He brought them confidence. They had been deeply shaken by men’s weakness and by their own cowardice.

Would he ever trust them again? Apparently, he asked them no questions.

He simply re-commissioned them: ‘As the Father sent me, so I send you’.

He brought them power. How could they face an unbelieving world?

‘ Receive the holy spirit. ‘

King triumphant!

Behold the man: behold your King!

 

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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