Wednesday of Easter Week, 19 Apr – Luke 24:13-35 ~ walk with me

Wednesday of Easter Week

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

God our Father, you are a God not of the dead nor of those paralyzed by their fears and limitations but the God of the living. Raise us up and make us walk forward in joy and hope as companions on the road of him whom you raised from the dead, Jesus Christ, our risen Lord for ever.
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Reading: Luke 24:13-35 (NLT)

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

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He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

“What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

“Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.

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Reflection & Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ: walk with me – especially when I’m feeling hopeless and fearful, lacking in faith. Lord, I need you to walk with me.

+ I need your presence, Lord, when things go terribly wrong, my hopes dashed on the rocks of despair, and my natural inclination is to run away.
+ I need your presence, Lord, when events and circumstances overwhelm me, challenging my world view, and I don’t know what to do or how to respond.
+ I need your presence, Lord, to open your Word for me, to give me wisdom and understanding, and to remind me of all I have learned since childhood.
+ I need your presence, Lord, to return to the fray with courage and conviction that you rule over all of human history and in the end – you win.

Lord Jesus Christ: walk with me, be my companion along the way. And use me to introduce others to you that they too might find peace and rest for their souls – in you, the Savior of the world.

Soli Deo gloria!
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“Walk with Me” – Jesus Culture (Kim Walker-Smith)


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Concluding Prayer

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. – Psalm 105:1-2 (NLT)

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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