Hello everyone! Today is absolutely beautiful. The sun is shining brightly and a few cotton wool clouds are spreading the blue sky. The temperature has dropped but I don’t mind as the sunshine is so lovely and uplifting. This morning I led the service at Hampsthwaite chapel on my favourite Bible resurrection story of the road to Emmaus. I love the way Jesus came to walk alongside the disappointed, miserable disciples, who were so bewildered and confused about the women’s talk of angels talking of a risen Lord; also they were puzzled by how the disciples who rushed to the empty tomb did not see Jesus. What did it all mean? As Jesus brought the scriptures alive their confusion began to clear, and hope began to emerge again. However Jesus made as though he were to carry on his journey, as he did not force himself upon them, but waited for them to invite him to come in. We all have free will, which we can use to invite Jesus into our heart and lives or we can allow him to pass by.
As Jesus was about to leave, they realised that they did not want him to leave, so they invited him to join them. Only in the breaking of bread did they suddenly recognise Jesus, and he disappeared from their sight. They realised how their hearts had burned within them on the road as they began to understand that the suffering Messiah was foretold in the Old Testament.
I liked the way the Emmaus road experience was portrayed in ‘The Passion’ on Easter Day on television, when they superimposed the face of the Jesus actor over the face of the other man, who had portrayed Jesus on the road, as it emphasised the blinding clarity, which comes to us, when Jesus is revealed to us. At that point he will often slip away as he did in Emmaus, but then we can reflect, as the disciples did, on his words and presence, which is always with us whether we realise it or not. I will close this reflection with this piece of writing from ‘A Bucket of Surprises’ compiled by J. John & Mark Stibbe:
THEY MISSED HIM! They were looking for a lion, He came as a Lamb, and they missed Him.
They were looking for a warrior, He came as a Peacemaker, and they missed Him.
They were looking for a king, He came as a Servant, and they missed Him.
They were looking for liberation from Rome, He submitted to the Roman Stake, and they missed Him.
They were looking for a fit to their mould, He was a mould breaker, and they missed Him.