One of my favorite parts of the Easter story is “The Road to Emmaus,” which is only found in the gospel of Luke.
Luke tells us that on that first Easter morning, two of Jesus’ followers were traveling from Jerusalem to a place called Emmaus. As they walked along the road, they were talking with each other about all the things that had happened in the past three days.
In the middle of their conversation, an amazing thing happened— Jesus himself came up and walked alongside them; but they were kept from recognizing him.
This stranger asked them, “What were you two discussing together as you walked along?” With downcast faces, they described the crucifixion and that they had hoped Jesus was the one who would redeem Israel. They also shared the rumors they had heard about the empty tomb and angels appearing to a group of women.
Although the travelers to Emmaus knew a lot about Jesus, they were not yet ready to believe in his resurrection. Even after Jesus shared all the Old Testament prophecies about himself—and how those prophecies had been fulfilled—they still weren’t ready to accept that he had risen from the dead.
Something about the stranger’s words prompted the two disciples to invite him into their home to eat with them. As Jesus took the bread, broke it, their eyes were opened and they recognized who he really was. Jesus immediately disappeared, and they asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
These two disciples were transformed by their encounter with the risen Christ. They raced back to Jerusalem, found the others, and shared the remarkable news that Jesus was indeed alive!
I pray that you will experience the same type of excitement this Easter, that your heart will burn within you with a renewed sense of hope and joy, and that you will be empowered to share the Good News of Christ’s resurrection with those who don’t know Him.
Happy Easter from all of us at Shine.FM!
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