Imagine with me for a minute.
You and your best friend are walking home.
On your way home to Emmaus the two of you talk about the extraordinary weekend you’ve just experienced. Trying to make sense of it. Searching for some meaning. Some understanding. Some answers to your questions.
As you talk about the events of the weekend, a man approaches and begins speaking with you, but you don’t recognize him. As you approach Emmaus, beginning with Moses and with the prophets the man explains to you the things concerning Jesus and all the Scriptures. You become so enthralled by the things he’s telling you that you urge him to stay with you and tell you more.
At the dinner table the man takes the bread, blesses it, and breaking it, he gives it to you. Then this man who has enlightened you all day with amazing facts and knowledge of the Scriptures reveals himself to you and you realize it is Jesus. Then He vanishes from your sight. Your heart burns within you because of the wonderful things Jesus told you.
Wow! What a fourth day! The Savior of the world spends a day with you teaching you and your friend all about Him and what the Scriptures mean.
What do you suppose was in the minds and hearts of Cleopas and his friend when they met Jesus on the road to Emmaus and their hearts burned within them? I wonder how Jesus’ resurrection affected them and their lives after their fourth day. (Luke 24:13-35).
How is your fourth day going? Most likely every Evangelical Christian pastor reflected on the Resurrection story in some fashion Sunday. You’ve heard the story every Easter. Probably, if you belong to a Bible teaching church, you’ve heard versions of it, or what it means to us, in messages from your pastor throughout the year.
Are you different today than you were yesterday? Did the Resurrection message impact you? Or was it just the same Resurrection story you’ve heard before? Does it still have the same meaning as it did the first time you heard it? Does your heart burn within you when you think about the events of that weekend? From His crucifixion on Friday, to His resurrection on Sunday, to His appearing to Cleopas and his friend on the fourth day?
I belong to a group called the North Georgia Walk To Emmaus. We plan and carry out spiritual retreat weekends each year at our campgrounds. Emmaus communities exist all across the country. One of the highlights at the end of each weekend is to convey the meaning of our Fourth Day. Our Fourth Day (the Monday after the weekend ends on Sunday) is a time to reflect on what the weekend and our relationship to Jesus means to us. One thing almost everyone associated with a weekend will tell you is, “I never knew Jesus loved me that much.”
That’s the meaning of Resurrection Sunday. To celebrate how much Jesus loves us. And to praise Him for dying for our sins on Friday and rising to guarantee us eternal life on Sunday.
Do you know how much Jesus loves you? Will you live today (your fourth day) like you lived last week? Or will you live out how Jesus changed your life as you celebrated His life yesterday?
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