Another Side of Sunday: The Path

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

Luke 24:13-16

Two friends left Jerusalem on their way to Emmaus talking about Jesus and His death. They were confused, and sad. They too, had heard the tomb was empty. Still, an empty tomb didn’t really explain anything. I can almost hear the questions in their mind maybe even some of the discussion they had along the road.

I thought this was it. The Messiah had come, but now He’s dead. Did I misunderstand His teaching? Was I manipulated to believe in a lie? And now an empty tomb, the women talking of angels. What in the world is going on? Who would take His body and why? Or is possible He told the truth? Could He be alive?

There are years the path leading to Easter somehow stops and I don’t want to go any further. I’m like Mary holding tight to the legs of the risen Jesus and I don’t want to let go. Life will be fine if I stay right here. But Jesus didn’t allow His followers to take up residence at the empty tomb.

Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:10

Today is the fourth day after Easter. Ninety-six hours have ticked away each of us follows a path away from the tomb. Consider the path you’ve walked since Sunday.  Which direction have you taken? What questions flood your mind? Who is walking with you?

Lord, as we walk away from the tomb and our Easter celebrations, help us consider where we are going. What direction you are calling us to. It is so easy to have a celebration and walk away unchanged. Not this year Jesus. We want to be changed, renewed, different. May your Resurrection have its full work in us. Amen.

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