The Promise – Road to Emmaus
One of the astounding things about the New Testament is the honesty and reality with which it describes the disciples. Luke’s gospel describes how two of Jesus’ followers are walking despondently away from Jerusalem on that first Easter Sunday. Jesus walks up to them and begins to explain the prophesies that have been fulfilled.
Finally, these two disciples recognise Jesus and run back to Jerusalem to tell the others. To repent literally means to turn around, if ever we start to walk away from Jesus in our confusion, we need to turn and run back to him. He is not far from us.
“Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” Acts 2:38-39
When we do turn to Jesus, we receive the best gift of all, His Holy Spirit, with which we too can understand the scriptures:
“You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23
Being born anew or born again is a promise to us, one of many, but hugely important in our walk of faith. Without it we can’t fully understand the mysteries of God, but with it we can truly understand and flourish
If we ever need any more evidence that Jesus never leaves us and forsakes us, then we need look no further than this story and how Jesus ensures that Cleopas and his friend come back to the fold and encourage them in their faith!
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32
With every blessing
Rev Stuart Huntley, Rector