That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.
“What things?” Jesus asked.
Rumors. The reports they had heard before leaving Jerusalem to get out of town to Emmaus were all so confusing. It was bad enough that their long hoped-for Messiah had been killed by their own religious leaders, but now His body was missing. Now, there would only be an empty shrine to this significant Man in their lives.
The rumors claimed that Jesus had been raised from the dead – and He had made some ethereal comments about this Himself before He died – but was that really even possible? Could that be true?
These questions carried by Jesus’ followers are similar to the questions that the world still asks about Jesus. Where is His body – not His physical body, but His Body, the Church? Religious leaders have proven fallible. The Church has remained silent in the face of suffering and injustice. Many churches are more like shrines to a once-upon-a-time memory of God rather than places of His living presence.
But, just as it was then in Jerusalem, there is still the nagging rumor of a resurrection; an insistent New Life still whispers about. It is more organic than systemic, more dynamic than dogmatic. People with incredible stories of finding Jesus keep showing up everywhere, and their eyes are so filled with light that it is obvious that they are telling the truth.
Are we people of the resurrection? Do we carry the new life of Jesus in us? Perhaps if we did, the rumor might be believed, the truth might get out. Perhaps if we lived the life of Jesus here and now, our world would be changed with His presence.
The Real Question: Is the true life of Jesus recognizable in me or do I simply carry the rumor of a resurrection?
Family Talk: How do you think our family is doing at being the “body of Christ” in the world today? How are we living and acting in ways that look like Jesus? What else could we do?
ONE in Prayer: Jesus, I want to be filled with Your life so that others may know that You are able to be their life as well. Show me where I have an opportunity today to share Your story. Amen.