Scripture Reading: Luke 24:13-35
Dear friends in Christ, today we are ask to re-assess our fellowship and trust in Christ our Master. To re-examine our strength of faith and belief in the spoken word of our Lord JESUS. The disciples of Jesus are known by faith, perseverance and believing in the word of their Master. Think thoughtfully about the question before you this morning by the Lord, “ARE YOU ON WALK TO EMMAUS?” Many Christians today wander away from the Way and the Truth most times because they failed to see and recognize who Jesus is in his spoken word. They failed to recognize who Jesus really is in their Christian lives, fears, difficulties and worries. Faith and fear cannot co-exist. When faith is thrown out, fear, despair and resignation capture the heart. A follower who failed to recognize this evil should be regarded as follower by sight and logic. He is like the man who puts his hands to the plough and continually looking back. He is therefore not fit for the kingdom of God. He is on walk to Emmaus to remain where he originally was because he has failed to understand the word and mission of the Lord Jesus.
Hear Luke 24:5-9, 11, “In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said them, why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! …The son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again. Then they remembered his words. When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.” People of the world put their trust and hope on “god fathers” to achieve their lives ambition. They pay homage and allegiance to them because of what they feel they would gain. However, the tune changes when god-fathers are gone or become powerless. The “god-sons” lose hope; focus and bearing and become scatter and very disappointed. Cleopas and his companion were in this group because they did not believe the women who went to the tomb and saw the empty tomb and the angels who told them that Christ has risen as he said. The words of the women of faith seemed nonsense to them. Hear Verse 21 of our scriptural reading today: “And we had hoped that he would be the one who was going to set Israel free! Besides all that, this is now the third day since it happened.” When you follow Jesus seeking for political kingdom and office, you are on walk to Emmaus. Emmaus is a place of fear, sadness and disappointment. When a Christian who is supposed to be on fire for the Lord lives in fear and failed to see and recognize the presence and light of Christ in him, he is on walk to Emmaus. The walk to Emmaus is a walk in opposite direction to where the truth about the agony, death and glorious resurrection of Jesus is revealed. A walk to Emmaus is a walk back into darkness and bondage.
The agony, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus has secured your freedom and salvation. It is unmerited and undeserved salvation. So let us hold and guard it jealousy. As you convincingly march out of your old self, may the road to our Emmaus be closed and the road to our Lord Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life be opened to us. Jesus has risen in Jerusalem as he has promised, so do not go back to Emmaus.
- On what path are you walking, child of God?
- Many ways seem right to the man but the end thereof is condemnation. Ask the Holy Spirit to redirect your footsteps to the Lord’s path.
- Your eyes may have been veiled to see Jesus, Ask the Lord to open the eyes of your mind to see and accept Jesus live in their lives and for their salvation.
- Pray that the sound teachings of the scripture will not be polluted by the false teachings of the Rabbis.
- Pray against dashed hopes and shattered dreams of your lives and look towards the rising sun and not towards the settling sun.
- Companions of Cleopas, pray for a better and fulfilled dream that you fail not in your walk with Jesus.
- Frustrate the spirit of frustration in your endeavours as you hand-over all that concern you today to the Lord.
- Pray that you are not excited by the miracles of Jesus but that you abide by the truth of the word of God.
Exercise: Share the story of the walk to Emmaus with your neighbours this week.
Memory Verse: Luke 24:31:32.