Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
Luke’s Resurrection account begins at the empty tomb. But it quickly jumps to the road leading out of town… away from the tomb. There it takes up the story of two of Jesus’ disciples who were not inclined to believe the first resurrection account. Apparently, for these two, there were things more pressing that called for their presence and their attention. They did not stay in Jerusalem with the others trying to understand all that happened with Christ and cross and tomb.
In this story, Luke gives us both grace and guidance. We receive grace with a resurrection story that has arms opened wide. It is a story that gathers us from the various places we turn aside, doubt, ignore, or frankly, are distracted from the resurrection. Jesus appears to these two disciples on the road running away from the tomb.
It is also a story that offers us guidance. It is easy for us to assume that Easter is the same every year. It is a neat time for us to gather with family and celebrate. It is a wonderful story about what Jesus did a long time ago. But what is Easter to us beyond that?
The guidance is found in these two disciples who talked about it with each other. They did not have the answers, but they dug deeply into their questions. The verse that follows our verses above states, “While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them.”
In their discussion, the One who is the Answer came alongside of them. They would recollect about these moments by saying, “Were not our hearts burning within us as he was talking on the road?”
My point is this: no matter where you are in your belief or unbelief, excitement or distraction about Easter, dig deeper. Talk about it with those you trust. Read about it. Then expect to find your hearts burning within you as Christ, who is not dead, digs deeper with you.
Dear Jesus, we thank you that your resurrection is for us. We confess that we have a hard time understanding that, experiencing that, and living from that. So we pray that you would walk with us as we dig deeper. Let us know your presence in however you choose: with burning heart, with significant coincidence, or with parted skies. In Jesus’ name, Amen.