A Fascinating Story

Church News | Monday, 1 May 2017 |

By Joan

On the Road

On the Road

Revd Carolyn said in her address on Sunday that she found the story of ‘The Road to Emmaus’ quite fascinating. It tells of a journey – just like our journey of faith, during which the eyes of the disciples were opened.

After the cruel death of Jesus, two of his followers were on the road, making their way to a village called Emmaus. They were deep in conversation retelling and recounting the awful events that had recently occurred. Their Leader had been praised with alleluias one day and the crowd had turned on him a few days later. Their Teacher had been arrested, tried and sentenced to death by crucifixion, but not before having been insulted, ridiculed and assaulted.

Whilst talking, a stranger approached the two men and walked with them awhile. The stranger questioned their deep and worrying conversation and they, challenged the man, saying he must be the only person in Jerusalem who was not aware of the most recent happenings. The man continued to walk with them…

They related the story of Jesus of Nazareth, the most respected Prophet who had been put to death and how women who had gone the next day to prepare his body for burial had seen amazing visions from the empty tomb, angels, white glowing clothes, and a risen Jesus; it was all too much to take in. And so the three men continued their journey, until they stopped for the evening and invited the stranger to dine with them. It was then that Jesus revealed himself to them during the breaking of bread. The disciples' eyes were opened and they could see.

Revd Carolyn asked us if we were like those disciples on the Road to Emmaus. She said that she had always been envious of people who, like those disciples, had suddenly been made aware and had their eyes opened! However, she said that Jesus is always with us, He walks along beside us and for most of the time we are not aware of his closeness and his presence. And she hoped that after recounting this fascinating story we would go home inspired knowing that we had walked and talked with Jesus at the breaking of bread. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13: 5

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