Easter is such a wonderful time for celebration! But can you imagine, for a moment, what it was like for those first few followers to discover that Jesus was alive? First their disbelief, then their amazement, and then their joy!
We love the story of the Emmaus Road in Luke 24 and how it shows Easter in the context of community. It is Easter Sunday, three days after the crucifixion. Jesus is alive, but word is still getting out, and his followers don’t believe the news that he has risen.
It’s at this time that two followers of Jesus are walking along the road to a village called Emmaus, downcast and discussing Jesus’ death. All of a sudden, Jesus is walking with them! But at first, they do not recognize him. They are consumed in their grief and explain to this “stranger” that they are sorrowful because the prophet Jesus has been killed.
They walk with Jesus awhile, and then invite him to stay the night and eat with them.
“When [Jesus] was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’
“They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.”
–Luke 24: 30-35 (NIV)
How the two disciples must have been filled with excitement and joy! And what was the first thing they did? They ran to Jerusalem to share the good news with their friends.
That’s what Friendship Ministries exists to do – provide a welcoming place for everyone to share good news with their friends. Where people of all abilities can learn about Jesus together.
Happy Easter, to you and your friends and family. He is risen! Let’s share the good news.