Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

The Road to Emmaus

In the gospel of Luke there is a resurrection story that is not found in any other gospel. It is the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. While walking along the road they encounter Jesus, but they do not recognize him. They begin to explain to Him what had just happened, which is ironic, because He is the only one who truly knows what just happened.  Although they are unaware of all the events that had taken place, their retelling of the story is important. Luke tells us that as they were talking to one another they looked sad (vs. 17).  After they explain their view of the story they say, “But we had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel” (vs. 21). Their story paints a picture of what it would have been like if the resurrection would have never happened.  It would have been a story of sadness and despair. It would have been a story without hope. For three days this is how the followers of Jesus felt.

On the third day their despair turned into hope and their grief turned into joy.  On the third day the greatest miracle the world has ever known took place. Jesus, the Messiah whom the world thought was no more, rose from the grave, and nothing has been the same sense. We should thank God everyday for allowing us to live in a post-resurrection world. The resurrection did not take away the problems of the world, but it does point to a brighter future. The resurrected Jesus gives us the first glimpse into the new creation, which we read about in scripture. No matter what happens in this world, hope is always before us, and as long as we continue to follow Jesus no one can take that away from us. Because we serve the resurrected Jesus victory is ours!

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