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The Story: Seeing the Resurrected One

March 28, 2016
Walk to Emmaus - 21st Century Style

Walk to Emmaus – 21st Century Style

Location: Edmonds – Kingston Ferry

Christ is risen. Hallelujah! We know that now, but at the time when it happened there was much turmoil and confusion. We all know the story of the resurrection and the main players in that story: the women finding the empty grave, the angels, the disciples, and of course Jesus Himself. Of course, the walk to Emmaus is only part of this story. But let’s go on a modern day Walk to Emmaus:

We have heard that Jesus is risen, but we haven’t seen it with our own eyes. We want to believe it, but there is this nagging doubt. Those we come in contact with may not know what has happened. We are on unstable terrain out of fear of being ridiculed and the politically correct way in the Pacific Northwest is not discuss matters of religion. So as we cross the Puget Sound (approx. 7 miles, just like the distance from Jerusalem to Emmaus), we stick to our routines: we stay in our cars, or go up to the passenger deck to read the newspaper and have a latte. If we talk to anyone at all, we talk about the weather, spring training, the Seahawks, the view… anything but Jesus.

As I was thinking about this, it dawned on me that the two people walking to Emmaus experienced firsthand that “where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20). In this case it was Jesus Himself in His resurrected body, opening the eyes of His fellow-travelers to the truth that He is risen. And in my own experience, I have come to trust that God is with us when we meet in His name. Of course in church, but also in our small discussion groups, and especially when having lunch with a dear friend discussing how God is working in our own lives.

What does it take to turn our modern day Ferry to Kingston into a Walk to Emmaus, openly discussing the only thing that really matters (Jesus is risen!), feelings God’s presence, and helping others open their eyes and hearts to overcome their doubts?

Christ is risen. Hallelujah!

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  1. March 28, 2016 10:11 AM

    I love the seven mile connection and the question, what does it take. There truly is nothing I’d rather discuss or nothing more important. Thank you for reminding me.

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