“Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread”.
Lk 24:35 NIV
The Emmaus Road story is amazing in several ways. We encounter the couple at no other juncture. Jesus walks along with them for quite some distance, but they fail to recognize him. Then when they do recognize him and he vanishes, they set off back to Jerusalem. Emmaus, according to Luke, was seven miles (or eleven kilometres) from Jerusalem – and they had just walked it one way late in the day. Fourteen miles is a long walk, but they go, bearing in mind that they will later have to foot slog the same seven miles back to Emmaus a second time. The excitement they must have felt and the joy of their message must have inspired and enabled them to perform this considerable physical exercise. But they had to tell the other disciples about Jesus who had come to them alive and full of “presence”.
The gospel of Jesus has been passed on down through two thousand years because those who have witnessed his love and power have told others – like these two from Emmaus. And those who have heard have, in their turn told yet more. The testimony of some has inspired faith in others. And they have passed it on again. Always those who have had their faith set alight have passed on a spark of faith to someone else. The telling is part of the gospel itself. God uses simple, ordinary people to spread the gospel of Jesus and those others have become a new part of the good news. You pass it on too. Become part of the Easter story and pass on the greatest message ever told.
Lord, help me to tell what Jesus means to me.