By Sabrina Hinds
At the risk of being a little irreverent, I have to admit that I find one part of the Passion Week story a touch amusing.
It’s that encounter Jesus has on the road to Emmaus with two of his followers on Resurrection Sunday. They’re going on and on to this stranger (who is actually Jesus – they just don’t recognize Him) about what happened to their Messiah.
What a mighty prophet. He had shown such promise! So many expectations were dashed when he died in humiliation on a cross. But even more confusing now, is that his body has disappeared, some women say He is alive but no-one else has actually seen Him.
Imagine what Jesus must have been thinking.
Actually, we don’t have to imagine. The scripture tells us.
“O fools, and slow of heart to believe…” Doesn’t that elicit an uncomfortable chuckle?
What a harsh way for a “stranger” to address these two Jesus followers! (Would He say that to me?)
In his mercy though, Jesus begins to break down the scriptures to them. “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Luke 24:27
They never recognized Jesus until just before he vanished right before their eyes.
But in that moment when their eyes were opened, they said “Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
Then they rushed off to tell the disciples “The Lord is risen indeed…”
Isn’t that symbolic of what Jesus wants us to experience as we commemorate the events of Passion Week?
He wants to connect with us wherever we are in life and open up our understanding of the Scriptures. He wants the fire of His Spirit of Truth to touch and purify our spirits. Then He wants us to share our story with others.
Ready? Let’s engage with His Word, encounter His Spirit and experience His purification. Then go and tell others, “The Lord is risen indeed!”
Have a life-changing Lenten season!