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Walking the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35

Imagine if you will a time 2,000 years ago. Imagine that you are present when Jesus is hanging on a cross. You experience firsthand the ugliness of sin, the expense of grace, and the cost of God’s love. Now it’s the third day and the tomb is empty. There is great confusion and doubt about what has happened. How do you think you would respond to witnessing Jesus’ death and the confusion of the weekend?

Luke’s gospel tells us how two disciples handled it. He writes that the two disciples were walking to the village of Emmaus. As these two disciples walked they discuss what had taken place;, Jesus joins them for their walk, but they don’t recognize him. Jesus doesnt immediately reveal Himself to them. Instead, He slowly lets them discover who He was.

Undoubtedly He notices the sad expressions on their faces (Luke 24:17b). One translation says, “They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their best friend” (The Message). William Barclay translates this verse by saying that “they stood there, faces twisted with grief”. Both translations give us a clear vision of what it was like to experience the tragedy and confusion of that weekend 2000 years ago and what these two disciples were feeling.

Here’s the thing, each of us will one day walk our own road to Emmaus; a journey of grief, confusion, disappointment, and pain. Our faces may be twisted with sorrow. We may wonder where Jesus is during our heartache, our pain, and our disappointment. He may not come to us as a stranger, but we can still find Him. We can find Him by reading the Bible; we can find Him through prayer; we can find Him through the presence of a loved one; we can find Him by serving others. If you can find Jesus in all of these places, where can you not find Him? So, as you’re walking your road to Emmaus, be willing to take a step toward Jesus, ask Him to make Himself visible to you, and begin to discover who He is.

Resurrection Words


“Peace be with you!” (John 20:19)

After Jesus spoke His final word, after He breathed His last breath, He was removed from the cross and placed in a tomb. At last, this man, whose words so angered and discomforted the religious leaders had been silenced. But, was He really silenced? You see, the words from the cross would not be Jesus’ final words. The powerful and joyous message of Easter is that there are words beyond the cross……there are resurrection words.
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Let me ask you a question, do you think the disciples could have used some peace in their lives? Jesus had just died, His body removed from the cross and placed in a borrowed tomb. The disciples went into hiding behind locked doors. They were fearful of the Jewish leaders (John 20:19) because they had just engineered the execution of their teacher and the Roman allies usually sought to stamp out followers of leaders they regarded as treasonous. But their fears do not take into consideration Jesus’ promise to return to them, which they do not believe. They became like secret believers whose faith was controlled by fear instead of the public faith they had displayed in happier times. But now Jesus stands among them. Not to reprimand them for deserting Him (Mark 14:50), but to offer them peace at a time when they need it most. Not only did this serve as encouragement to them, but it also serves as encouragement to you and I as we face hardships in our lives.+

Can you use peace in your life? Peace is precisely what the resurrected Jesus brings to each of us. He doesn’t promise wealth or good health. He doesn’t promise prosperity or power. He doesn’t promise the absence of conditions that intimidate us. He doesn’t promise the absence of opposition, the absence of fear, or the absence of difficulty. He doesn’t promise us an exemption from turmoil, danger, or duress. What Jesus does promise is peace…..”Peace be with you!” (John 20:19).

Jesus does not give peace as the world does. The world is full of hatred, selfishness, bitterness, malice, anxiety, and fear. Every attempt at peace by what the world offers is futile and rapidly swamped. But, there is good news. Jesus has overcome the world and, in doing so, offers all of us peace. A peace that prevails in our moments of fear, in our times of adversity, even as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. So, take heart, and begin to share His peace……”Peace be with you!”

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Words From The Cross (Part 7)

“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” – Luke 23:46

Jesus’ last words from the cross were a dying prayer that showed absolute trust in God. Jesus had forgiven His enemies, offered mercy to a criminal, prayed for His mother, felt abandoned by God, expressed a thirst, gave a shout of triumph, and now He offers up a prayer of absolute trust to His Father.

When Jesus spoke, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”, He was praying the words of Psalm 31:5, “Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.” Through this prayer, Jesus is teaching us that no matter what darkness we face, no matter our despair, when we’re walking through the valley of death, when we’re facing the unknown we should pray, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” . Then trust in God that He will deliver us from whatever challenging circumstance we may be going through.

Friends, Jesus ended His suffering by teaching us how to live each day – not in fear, not with anxiety, or uncertainty, but with confidence, hope and trust in God. This week, take the time to memorize these words and join Jesus in this prayer each day…..”Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Words From The Cross (Part 6)

“It is finished.” Many who hear this statement from Jesus hear it as a cry of defeat as if Jesus was indicating that His suffering was finally coming to an end. But, these words “It is finished” are not a cry of defeat. No! They are a cry of victory! Jesus was triumphantly proclaiming that all the work the Father had sent Him to accomplish (John 4:34, 9:4, 17:4) was now finished, particularly His work of bearing the punishment of sin, our sin.

By being obedient to the Father and finishing His work, Jesus shows each of us that He is our Redeemer and our Savior. He is the King who is willing to die for His people. Through His death our sinfulness is revealed. Through His death, Jesus identifies with our pain, our suffering, and our human mortality. Through His death we see the costliness of God’s grace and the magnitude of God’s mercy. Through His death, we see what love looks like. Through His death, we see victory as Jesus successfully completed His mission of redemption. “It is finished.”

As you’re breathing you last breath, will your final words be a cry of regret or a cry of victory cry because you have been faithful to Jesus and His call in your life?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)