DayBreaks for 01/15/2019: The Presence of Resurrection
I love the story of the disciples on the way to Emmaus. The pathos in the story is nearly palpable as they recount to Jesus the events that he seemed (to their way of thinking) ignorant of: the happenings in Jerusalem in the past 5 days or so. That they’d had their hopes dashed is clear from their words: We had hoped He was the one…we had thought He was the Messiah come to save Israel. (Luke 24:21) The despair is virtually dripping from their hearts and lips.
How long they walked we don’t know, but the distance from Jerusalem to Emmaus was about 7 miles and at a normal walking pace on a flat road (which the road wasn’t) it would take about 2 hours to cover that distance. What would you have given to walk with Jesus for two hours? Yet, Jesus was not recognized by them because God, it says, had concealed his identity from them. (That makes me wonder, too – why would God ever choose to conceal his identity?) And so they walked and talked for some hours…and all the time they were in the presence not just of a risen one, but of resurrection itself.
Are you a Christian? If so, you are walking in the Presence of Resurrection, too. Yet I go through my day often totally unaware of my constant Companion. How did the story end for the Emmaus disciples? The last word in verse 26 is “glory”. The story ends in glory! What began in despair and bewilderment finds culmination in glory! That is the story of our life, is it not? Much of life is a journey from the bliss of infant unawareness to the burden of adulthood and the increasing burden of advancing age. All through life, the Resurrection walks beside us. And our story will end in glory!
John 11:23-26 (NIV) – Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Prayer: As you turned the hearts of the Emmaus disciples from bewilderment to glory, we open our hearts to you today, Lord, that you may do the same for us this day! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>