This week at church the pastor talked about the road to Emmaus. The funny thing was…I knew what he was talking about!!! Briefly stated the Road to Emmaus (there are many retreats taking their name from this ‘scene’ in the bible) takes place on Resurrection Day after Jesus’ body is found missing from the tomb.
Two followers of Jesus are walking home from Jerusalem. They are heading to the town of Emmaus (I think the bible said it was roughly 7 miles away). The two are saddened by the crucifixion of the man they had believed was going to triumphantly be their King and free the Jews from the Romans.
Jesus comes up and begins walking with them. (The bible says God keeps them from recognizing him). Jesus asks them what they are talking about and they tell him surprised that he could be so out of touch with the big news. when they are done Jesus chides them for their lack of faith and proceeds to give them a history lesson on how the crucifixion happened exactly how the prophets said it would in the old testament.
Jesus agrees to eat with them and He breaks the bread their eyes are ‘opened’ and they suddenly recognize him. They were sitting with the resurrected Jesus. How cool is that?!
Jesus then vanishes and the two guys (Cleopas and an unnamed dude) high tail it back to Jerusalem to tell everyone what happened. (Their story represent two more documented people who saw the risen King.)
Anyway what struck me then and has struck me in reading through the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke, is how the Old Testament is so specific about what iwas going to happen when the Savior appeared and yet most of the Jews didn’t see the connection. They didn’t believe Jesus was the Messiah written about by the prophets.
I recognize that not everyone believes what I believe but I’d say read the bible all the way through and then let’s talk.
The bible even religious beliefs aside, is a history lesson. The facts in the bible have been proven by thousands of experts, many of whom set out to disprove the events and were unable to do so. (Some like Lee Strobel actually became believers after their research. ) God knew what He was doing when He put the bible together. The deeper people look into it, the more evidence they find. Nothing is random.
Over the last six months I’ve watched a series of documentaries and read some books by non religious experts about the events in the bible and how the bible was constructed. Not because I needed the facts to believe but because I am amazed how intricately the book and facts are woven together that make it virtually impossible to disprove. Over and over again the data in the bible is ruled accurate. No question that a man named Jesus lived…performed many many many miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead.
I guess the question of whether He is the Son of God is still up for debate but geez people…after reading all the other evidence that doesn’t seem to be that big of a leap.
The bible is a very important part of mankind’s history so even if you aren’t religiously inclined, approach the reading as a history lesson. What have you got to lose? Stick with it. Read it all the way through and see what conclusion you come up with. It might surprise you!