The Emmaus Walk ~ The Rest of the Story

thomas030307_01by Nancy Tichy, Author for KidZ at Heart International

As you read Luke 24:33-49, you’ll find out how the story that begins on a dusty road to Emmaus plays out in a Jerusalem house large enough for Jesus’ eleven disciples and some others.  The room is buzzing with the news that Peter had seen the Lord.  It is late at night when the two from Emmaus arrive, no doubt weary and out of breath.   They confirm Peter’s account with their experience. Then Jesus, Himself, appears! Note the response.  (vs. 37: They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.)

All this is after eye witness reports from the women who first came to the tomb, from Peter and now the two from Emmaus.  Add to this the response to Jesus’ pointing out the scars on his hands and feet.  (vs. 41 …they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement.)  With great patience! Jesus then invites them to observe Him eat a piece of broiled fish.  He repeats what he shared with the two he had joined on the road to Emmaus and reminds them of the teaching from Old Testament portions that He had so carefully given them before He died.  And, then, He opens their minds so they can understand the Scriptures.

Finally, Luke summarizes what Jesus taught with the precision one would expect from a physician. (verses 45-47) Remember, Luke is not present in that closed room full of flustered, frightened, incredibly happy people.  He introduces himself (Luke 1:3), “…since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you…”  In Acts 1:2,3 Luke continues, “ …after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen, {Jesus} showed Himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive.  He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.”  Clearly, we owe Luke a debt of gratitude. Dr. Henry Morris of the Institute of Creation Research writes, “Doctor Luke was surely a great man, specially called of God—a scientist, physician, historian, brilliant, inspired writer, Christian apologist, and Biblical creationist!  Thank God for his unique ministry. “

As you read these verses together with your family, let someone make a list of the witnesses to the resurrection revealed in this story.  Remember the strong witness before these events took place and the account of a man who wasn’t even present during the forty days Jesus walked and talked with his followers before He returned to Heaven.  I get at least five ‘witnesses.’.  How many did you list?

How do you think you would react if you had been part of this late night scene?  Would you be confused, even fearful, by the spreading network of lies that began with the Jewish Elders and guards?  Would you find the account of firsthand witnesses too good to be true?  Would you balk at the calm assurance of the Savior Himself?  Would you challenge men like Luke and Paul who made the resurrection of Jesus the center piece of their Gospel message?

Or would you hear Paul’s challenge (I Cor.15:58) and stand firm – nothing moving you – always giving yourselves fully to the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is never in vain!

 Created to worship, His likeness we bear.  Created to serve Him, His message we share.

In all that we offer, in all that we do, we seek but His glory, all praise is His due.

Or teaching, or healing, or helping the poor, or suff’ring or singing, our mandate is sure.

All peoples, all nations, the message must hear, and as His redeemed ones, the Good News we bear.

So help us, our Father, through all of our days, whatever befalls us, to live to Your praise.

For when life is ended and Jesus we see, His glory our measure of service will be.  (Kerry Lovering- SIM)

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