These travelers are grappling with stories that seem unreal: angelic visitation, Jesus’ empty tomb, rumors that he is alive. When they get to the end of the trip, they ask this stranger who has tried to explain scripture to them to stay and eat. Suddenly, he reveals himself as Jesus Christ and disappears.
Do you remember when you first heard the stories of Jesus? Do you remember what your thoughts and feelings were about his miracles? his resurrection? When have you had no doubt about these events? When have you doubted them? There seems to be a schism in Christianity that runs along the lines of believing in a supernatural interpretation of the Bible or viewing the Bible logically, as a well-meaning fable.
What if Jesus meets us out beyond this divide? What if the logical view and the supernatural view are both contained in the mystery of God? Jesus remarks that the two travelers are slow to believe, but he never gives up on them. As long as they are willing to journey with him, invite him in, sit with him, and serve him, he persists in giving them the time they need to understand who he is.
What if, like Jesus in this passage, the logical and the supernatural are revealed to us in the ordinariness of our lives—talking with each other, finding the next right thing to do when all the information refuses to add up, breaking bread together with someone you care about or with someone who seems like they could use a meal. How have you seen Jesus show up?
Holy God, do not give up on me if I doubt the movement of your Spirit when it conflicts with my logical mind. When I sense your Spirit, keep me grounded in the simplicity of this life. Open my eyes to evidence of the resurrection, and make of me an exhibit of resurrection. Amen.
As we consider further the power of Jesus’ resurrection, how should we respond? This is the question posed to Peter in the reading in Acts. Peter’s first instruction is to repent, to change course in our thinking and our living to align more with God’s way. The psalmist proclaims his gratitude to God because God has heard his cry, but the process began with the psalmist turning to the Lord. First Peter states that because we have turned and have faith and hope in God, we ought to love one another deeply from the heart. Luke tells the story of two men who meet Jesus on the road to Emmaus. They recognize him only as he breaks the bread, symbolizing that Christian fellowship is also part of a changed life.
Read Acts 2:14a, 36-41. How might you allow Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection to disrupt your life or your faith? How would such a disruption change you?
Read Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19. When have you learned of God’s great joy for you? How do the Psalms remind you that you are beloved?
Read 1 Peter 1:17-23. How can you take the author’s advice to “act like someone who knows [you are] loved”?
Read Luke 24:13-35. Recall times throughout your life when Jesus has been revealed to you. Which of these encounters have been logical? Which have been supernatural?
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