He is Risen!  But more must still occur.

Bright Wednesday / the Road to Emmaus ~ Luke 24:13-35.

“He has Risen!”

That’s the good news that the angel gave to the women at the tomb and the very good news that the women gave to the disciples.

Who could need more than that?

Yet the disciples could not bring themselves to believe.  They wanted to, desperately, but their earthly realism prevented complete belief.

So more is needed, and more comes on the road to Emmaus.

Three days after the Crucifixion, on this very day of the Resurrection, two of the Jesus’ followers are walking on the road to Emmaus.

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a still from the BBC miniseries “The Passion”

On of the men is Cleopas.  The historian Hegesippus recorded that Cleopas was the son of the brother of Joseph;  therefore, he was a cousin of Jesus.

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The two men are talking about the events of these three days, from the Crucifixion to the even more unbelievable news of the Resurrection.

And a stranger meets them.

They recount the troubling events, especially the greatest troubling event of the body missing from the tomb but the angel no longer there when Peter ran to check.  And the two men admit they are amazed.

A Bright Amazement

We have forgotten the true meaning of “amaze”:  to fill with astonishment, to stagger, to stupefy, to awe.  To be amazed is to be confused by mystery.

They explain everything to the stranger they see before them as they are walking on the road together.

But they do not really see the stranger.

Just as they never really heard His message.  Not until he rebukes them: 

And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.  (Luke 24: 25-27)

Once again, Christ had to teach them.  Now, perhaps, they listen with better understanding.  Now, perhaps, they can heed His words.

Yet Christ does not reveal Himself to them.  They do not “see” who HE is until he joins them for supper and breaks the bread & blesses it & gives it to them.  Only then, hearts burning within them, they recognize Him.

And He instantly vanishes.

A Bright Understanding

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Often in our life’s walk, understanding only gradually dawns upon us.

Very often in life we do not see what is before our faces until a flash of understanding reveals all.

How often do we never catch that flash of understanding?  The information is before us, but we lack the spirit to see and comprehend?

As with these two disciples, so it often is with us.  We see the constant daily miracles of God, but we do not “see” them, we do not accept them, we do not understand them.  Reality intrudes.

Perhaps our prayers should be for more understanding, more discernment.  The gifts we ask for should be the witness of His miracles.  We should pray that we heed the lessons we hear and have heard over and over again.

A Prayer for Brightness

Many years ago, in my search for More about my faith in Christ Jesus, I stumbled upon this little text, “The Sarum Prayer.”  I copied it into a journal.

Over the years, I have continued to move it forward in my journals.  I find it at odd times, and it always speaks to me, reminding me of lessons I still need to heed.

It’s comforting, but also a little sad, to realize that every individual in every generation has to learn the same lessons about Christ and our walk with Him.  At least, for me, I find a strange connection across the years to the person who first penned this little prayer.

The Sarum Prayer

From the 1527 Sarum Primer[2]

God be in my head
And in my understanding.
God be in mine eyes
And in my looking.
God be in my mouth
And in my speaking.
God be in my heart
And in my thinking.
God be at my end
And in my departing.

 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hegesippus_(chronicler)

[2] https://www.oursanctuary.net/sarum.html

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