13Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him………
28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” Luke 24
Easter at LCM UT.
As you probably know LCM UT has worshipped on Sunday evenings for more than 15 years. That started when we had to take turns getting primetime worship at the Center, and student participation was lower at the 9am services!
Easter is not our best attended service, since many students have already worshipped at home with their families. We tend to have a smaller, more intimate group, and we use the Gospel text for Easter evening, “The Walk to Emmaus”. (Excerpts above)
The Risen Christ walks along with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, but they are kept from recognizing him. He accompanies them as they pour out their hearts and share the hopes and dreams they had placed in Jesus, the news of his subsequent crucifixion, and the astounding report the women have shared about the resurrection. The stranger explains scriptural promises about the Messiah to them. The disciples finally recognize him as the Risen Christ when he breaks and blesses the bread, and gives it to them at the table.
This is one of my favorite texts for both campus ministry and global mission. God’s Word reminds us that we are not alone, that Christ walks with us. Christ is Risen indeed, and walks with his people! In turn, we are inspired to walk with others and accompany them in their pilgrimage, even as Christ accompanies us.
When we have trouble recognizing that Christ walks with us, this text shows that his presence is finally obvious for the disciples as they share bread together. Christ is revealed in the meal at the table. This continues to be our prayer, our hope and Jesus’ promise to us in campus ministry, and in all the church’s mission: Christ is made known to us in the breaking of the bread as we continue to gather together in his name.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!