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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, Resurrection by Mike on April 23, 2014

a557b4b9e851561b082ab9d5f6cb5677_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 24:13-35

That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures.

As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the Eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Reflection on the gospel: The Easter accounts attest that the resurrection of Jesus introduces an entirely new order of reality into creation. For the two men on the road to Emmaus, Jesus is the most important man in their lives–after all, they say they were hoping he would be the one to redeem Israel–and yet they do not recognize him. Jesus walks on the road and sits at the table, manipulating matter in the bread and wine, and then he suddenly vanishes from their sight. The accounts of Jesus’ resurrection suggest that the reality of what becomes of Jesus in his resurrection from the dead is so formidable that it inaugurates an entirely new order of reality outside of ordinary human experience. The witnesses of the resurrection simply do not have concepts and words to describe what they experience in the bodily presence of Jesus: they do not recognize the most important person in their lives; they experience this apparent stranger as a material person who walks down the road, converses about the scriptures, and holds bread and wine in his hands; but he vanishes from their midst like a ghost. The gospels attest that in his resurrection, Jesus transforms reality.

Spiritual reading: If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead. (Timothy Keller)

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