Luke 24:15 "While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them,"
Iíd like to begin with a very simple question, if you were walking and talking with a friend as you walked the Road to Emmaus, what would you be talking about? Its 7 miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus, youíve got about 2 hours of conversation to fill. So what would you talk about?
Chances are youíd talk about the things that were on your mind, the things which are important to you,.... The weather, the markets, politics, current events, sports, vacations, home improvements, recreational activities, .... Lots of things could be talked about, but where does faith, God, and Jesus Christ fall on the list? It was on the list, wasnít it?
In the Old Testament, God gave specific instructions to fathers as to how they were to pass on the faith. God commanded that Fathers teach their families the faith. God commanded that he be spoken of at all important times. Speak of God at every meal. Speak of God on every journey. Speak of God in the morning. Speak of God in the evening.Deut 6:6-7
Are the words of God on our heart, is it the first thing we want to talk about? You see, we teach by example, often that is just as powerful as words, and if we rarely talk about God, if God isnít the center of meal time conversation, if we donít talk about God when we travel, if we donít talk about God in the morning and in the evening, isnít our example saying that God really isnít very important?
Letís take it one step further, a simple question, what is prayer? If we donít talk about God, how can we have a conversation with God? Remember, 1 Thess 5:17 "Pray without ceasing." So if you were on the road to Emmaus, and you talked about everything except your faith, how could Jesus join in you conversation, and explain to you about Godís plan of salvation?
You see, prayer is conversation, it is 2 way communication. We may often think that prayer is about out requests, and God giving us what we need. We may think of prayer as our questions, and that God ought to give us answers. But sometimes in prayer, perhaps even often, God has questions for us, usually they are simple questions, such as, why are you doing what you are doing? God doesnít ask because he doesnít know the answer, He knows, but he asks so that we too might know. So God often asks, why are you doing what you are doing? And when he does we look at ourselves, and often we see a new thing, and sometimes we see things we donít like. God doesnít even have to be specific, because when we look, we see, see that we have been running away from God, see that we have been despising His Word, we look and we see our sin.
And seeing our sin we are filled with sorrow, here Jesus was walking with us, and we could have asked him anything, but we never got beyond talking about the weather. Sad isnít it? Donít be downcast and gloomy, turn from sin and return to God, put him back at the center of life. You see, its not as though God has left us, Jesus is still walking on the main road, and heís waiting for us to return from our detour. Its not like we have to earn our way back, we never could do enough, but thanks be to God that forgiveness is a free gift to us, although it cost Jesus his life.
Walk with Jesus, and let him open your mind to understand Godís plan of salvation, and Godís plan for your life. Walk with Jesus, and come to know forgiveness in the breaking of the bread, given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Walk with Jesus, and let him open your mind and your eyes, so that you can see God at work all around you.
And as you walk with Jesus, and as your mind and your eyes are opened, then you to may rejoice with great joy in the great good news which is Easter. And filled with such joy, it will be no work to run back to Jerusalem, and tell the good news, Christ is risen, just as He said, he is risen from the dead. Hallelujah!
It is in sharing this joy, that we share words and examples that are never forgotten, this is how we are to make disciples, this is what we are to teach our children.