April 15, 2012

From Faith to Faith: the Emmaus Road

Luke 24:13-35

He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
—Luke 24:27


Two people trudged from Jerusalem to Emmaus. One was Cleopas; the other is unnamed. They had heard the reports of Jesus’ resurrection but were skeptical.

Can you identify with their being downhearted? Have you hoped Jesus would fix your problems, but perhaps the miracle you prayed for didn’t happen? Don’t lose heart; Jesus is near (Philippians 4:5).

Jesus joined the two travelers, though they didn’t recognize him. “What are you discussing?” he asked. Cleopas replied, in effect, “You’re coming from Jerusalem and you don’t know what has happened these past few days?” I wonder if Jesus smiled or stifled a chuckle, since he alone knew what had really happened.

“What things?” asked Jesus. Then it all came tumbling out, as they shared the story about Jesus’ death. They “had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.”

Then, beginning with Moses, Jesus interpreted the Scriptures to them. He gently pried open their expectations with his words. Their eyes were opened, and they believed Jesus was the risen Lord who offered them new life.

Today, whether you may be doubting or firm in faith, open God’s Word and let the Holy Spirit fire you up for a life of joy in Jesus, the risen Lord.

Thank you, Lord, for giving us your Word in the Bible. As we read it, open our hearts so that our trust in you will be renewed daily. Amen.

About the author — John Van Schepen

Dr. John Van Schepen is a retired pastor who served churches in Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oregon and California. He and his wife, Willie, have been blessed with five children and several grandchildren.

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