A Reflection from Dave Stevens - Luke 24: 13-35
"Are we witnesses to the Resurrection?
Have we experienced divine intervention?
I have often heard people say that they have experienced an angel, a messenger from God...but it's all the same, it's all from God. If the Queen sent us a personal telegram, we would not be disappointed just because it came through the postman or a messenger. Your experience had come with direct authority from God, or just a coincidence, you may believe. But I was once told a coincidence is just an incident where God wishes to remain anonymous. He delights in joining us, like the two followers, hearing us, working out His ways and building relationships with us.
The warmth they felt in their hearts is a common phenomenon. It was enough to convert John Wesley to believe in Jesus, forgiveness of sin and eternal life. When Jesus shows up, warms our heart, we know it's Him, as did Cleopas and his friend.
They shared their experiences as soon as they reached the disciples. It's difficult to keep news of Jesus participating today, to ourselves. It is exciting, especially in these difficult times. We have the hope of Christ, something valuable we can pass on.
I was once told as Christians we do not fear. I don't believe it frees us from fear. I'm glad I have fear, it enables me to take an alternate route where there's a sleeping lion. It prevents me from walking out in front of cars. We need a healthy amount of fear to survive and at present, we have plenty of reasons to fear for the safety of loved ones.
As Christians what we have is faith.
We have courage which is the ability to step into situations where fear is present, knowing Christ is with us to the end.
We have hope, the hope of the resurrection, knowing there is no end.
So let's share our experiences of Christ. He will be joining in and listening as we walk our Emmaus road together as witnesses to the resurrection of Christ."