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Luke 24: 13-27 (NRSVA)
13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ 19 He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ 25 Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
The disappointment is palpable, the despair hangs in the air, fear has the disciples in its numbing grip of disbelief, despite the women overcoming their fear and sharing their amazing story of resurrection.
We all respond differently to grief, and the unfolding response of two of the followers of Jesus is to walk away, who knows what they were going to? But God is not finished unfolding His great truths to these dear ones. For Jesus, God in human flesh, reveals truths as contained in the Hebrew Scriptures, and that is an unfolding I would have loved to have witnessed! Imagine having Jesus explain the writings of the prophets and Moses to us?!
It isn’t simply about the unfolding of the Kingdom via the Scriptures though; this is an unfolding of grace as Christ Jesus comes close to those despairing followers on that road. He walks with them. He listens and accepts the invitation when He is asked to enjoy in the hospitality offered.
This is an unfolding of divine intimacy, meeting people where they are. God, Creator of all that is and was and is to come, gets close to His beloved children in the ordinary, in the everyday activities of life, and the two begin to see a further unfolding as to the true identity of Christ Jesus.
Gracious God, thank You for coming close to us, for inviting us into intimacy with You. Thank You that You are the same One Who walked the road to Emmaus and continues to walk the road with us today. Amen.