Devotions for the Week of April 30, 2017

Meditation for the Week of April 30, 2017

They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:32

 

The story of the road to Emmaus is the perfect picture of the Christian life and the Divine Service.

It begins with two men walking in sadness and sorrow after Jesus’ death.  They are heartbroken and crushed by the events of Good Friday.  We often find ourselves feeling sad and alone, too.

Then Jesus comes and joins them.  They don’t go looking for Him; He finds them.  It is the same with us.  Jesus comes to us in our time of need.  We don’t need to go looking, because He comes to be with us.

Jesus begins by listening to their tale of woe.  Then He opens and explains the Scriptures to them.  We also have God’s Word, both Old and New Testaments, that points to Jesus as our Savior.  Jesus listens to us and our needs, but then He points us back to His Word where He is revealed.

When they get to where they were going, they urge Jesus to stay with them.  He joins them at the table, but then becomes the host, breaking bread and distributing it.  Jesus also joins us in the Lord’s Supper.  He is the host and we are the guests.  At the Supper is when they recognize Jesus and everything make sense.  They see His love for them and His power over death.

After Jesus leaves, the disciples run back to tell their friends that Jesus has risen from the dead.  After Jesus meets with us, we are eager to tell other people the good news of His resurrection.

As you walk through life, know that Jesus is walking with you.  He is there to listen to you and to speak words of comfort and hope.  Jesus is there to eat with you in His Holy Supper, and to send you off as his messenger of hope. 

 

Our Weekly Prayer

Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

 

Jesus, thank you for meeting with your disciples on the road to Emmaus.  Walk with me through life until I dine with you in your heavenly banquet.  Amen