WALKING: PART 3
- Jesus stays where He is welcome (Luke 24:28-29; Revelation 3:20)
- Until we want to share His Word (Luke 24:30-32; Blessing; Luke 24:35)
- Even in the darkness (Luke 24:33-34; Isaiah 9:2; Quotes; John 20:19-20; John 20:26-29)
28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, 29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them.
20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.
30 As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. 31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! 32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who brings forth bread from the earth.
35 Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.
33 And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, 34 who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”
2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
Everything Happens For A Reason And Other Lies I've Loved
The world of certainty had ended and so many people seemed to know why. Most of their explanations were reassurances that even this is a secret plan to improve me. “God has a better plan!” “This is a test and it will make you stronger!” Sometimes these explanations were peppered with scriptures like “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good.” Except that the author of Romans 8:28, Paul, worshiped God with every breath until his body was dumped in an unmarked grave. But I knew what they were saying. It would be nice if catastrophes were divine conspiracies to undo what time and unfaithfulness had done to my wandering soul. I became certain that when I died some beautiful moron would tell my husband that "God needed an angel" because God is sadistic like that.
But what if rich does not have to mean wealthy, and whole does not have to mean healed? What if being people of "the gospel" means that we are simply people with good news? God is here. We are loved. It is enough. We have fallen in love with a God who abandons His child to die, a son who begs for His own life but, seeing it cannot be helped, gives Himself over to his murderers. He seemed like He would save them all, but on this day, He just hangs there off the wood He has been nailed to. Yes, that's the God I believe in. I suppose I am like the man who wrote to me to say he had seen a friend swinging on a swing from a tree and felt the presence of God in the same long, dark night." - Kate Bowler
Song of the Open Road
Say only to one another:
Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love, more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law:
Will you give me yourself?
Will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?
- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord!
26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” 28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. 29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”