Serial Story: Early Evening. Late Evening – 29th March
About seven miles from Jerusalem is a village named Emmaus and, later that same day, two people were walking home, talking about the trial and crucifixion.
A man drew alongside and asked them what they were talking about.
The couple stopped, obviously in deep distress, and one of them replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who doesn’t know what has been going on these last few days.
Jesus of Nazareth was a prophet, mighty in deed and word before God and people, and our chief priests and rulers fabricated a charge against him. We hoped he was the one to redeem Israel but he was crucified.
What we don’t understand is some of the women went to the tomb early this morning and returned saying angels had told them he was alive. When the some of us went to check their story out, the tomb was empty, but no-one has seen Jesus.”
The man said to them, “Come now, think about all that the prophets have spoken. Was it not
necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” and he took them through all the scriptures concerning the Messiah. As they drew near to the village they urged him not to go on, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting dark.”
When they were having their meal, the man took the bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to them. It was then they recognised the guest at their table was Jesus even as he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Of course it was him – look how he explained the scriptures to us.”
Despite the late hour they walked back to Jerusalem to share their story of how their eyes were opened as Jesus broke the bread only to find the disciples were full of their own news.
That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them and they were overcome with joy as they saw him. He showed them the wounds in his hands and his side and breathed gently over them:
“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.
Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven.
If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Photo: Rev Sue Murray