• Emma Keeton

2021_10_15 Insight Post- Emma Keeton

This week's reading- Luke 23-24

Today's post is a Lectio Divina on The Road to Emmaus. This exercise is a prayerful reflection on Jesus' appearance to the disciples after the resurrection. If you have 10 minutes now to spend in prayer, follow the prompts below. If you are a little pushed for time, come back to this post when you can take a moment to be quiet before the Lord.

Read Luke 24:13-34 (MSG)

That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was. He asked, “What’s this you’re discussing so intently as you walk along?” They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their best friend. Then one of them, his name was Cleopas, said, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard what’s happened during the last few days? ”He said, “What has happened?” They said, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene. He was a man of God, a prophet, dynamic in work and word, blessed by both God and all the people. Then our high priests and leaders betrayed him, got him sentenced to death, and crucified him. And we had our hopes up that he was the One, the One about to deliver Israel. And it is now the third day since it happened. But now some of our women have completely confused us. Early this morning they were at the tomb and couldn’t find his body. They came back with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn’t see Jesus.”Then he said to them, “So thick-headed! So slow-hearted! Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?” Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him. They came to the edge of the village where they were headed. He acted as if he were going on but they pressed him: “Stay and have supper with us. It’s nearly evening; the day is done.” So he went in with them. And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him. And then he disappeared. Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”

1. What stood out to you as you read this passage?

2. Read the passage again, then ask yourself the following questions:

“But they were not able to recognize who he was”

a. Are there any parts of my life that I choose to stay blind to Jesus' presence?

“Didn't we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”

b. Have there been times on my journey with Christ that I have felt 'on fire' for him? Recall them and allow your testimonies to rekindle your love for God.

3. Pray and talk to God about whatever he has stirred in you today.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”

Philippians 4:23

Emma Keeton

Prayer Team Lead