We all have heard the story of the men walking to Emmaus when they encounter the risen Christ, Luke 24:13-35, and how on this trip the men came to realize who they walked with. I believe that this verse can be applied to our lives today. When we are at the beginning of the path, we have not encountered Christ in our lives. When Jesus appeared to the disciples, is when we first seek Christ out, not knowing who he is, but rather wishing to be with him. Just as they walked on the road with Him, we have accepted that we wish to follow Him, as we listen to Him explain how scripture not only foretold of His coming in the old testament, but also explained that He was the Christ the Messiah. When they asked Him to continue with them as it was getting dark, this is when we look to know Him better, to spend more time with him that we may strengthen our relationship with Him. As they joined Him at the table, when he opened their eyes that they may see He was the rise Lord, this is when we have come into communion with Christ. It is when we come to understand that Christ follows us where we go, He is always offering to talk to us, and invites us to sit at the table with Him.
We are all at different places on this road, some at the beginning and some who have come into communion with Christ. However, though we may have come to His table, we must all walk this road, many times, building our relationship with Christ, embracing what He teaches us, and learning how in Him, we find our way into the kingdom.
Where are you on your road in Christ? Where are you in your relationship with Christ?
The road to Emmaus is a difficult one, as it requires us to stay on a narrow path, one that is rocky and long. However, it is one that leads us to understanding, the path we have been called to as followers of Christ.
Have you thought about how you are walking on this road?