Luke’s Gospel exclusively records a conversation between Jesus and two disciples on a 7-mile dirt road between Jerusalem and Emmaus. It fits within the broader resurrection story and the places, people, and events surrounding it. 72 hours after the crucifixion, death loomed like a fog of traumatic stress over those who followed Jesus. The promise of eternal life grew from possibility (Lk 24:1-12) to probability (vs. 13-25) then from realization (vs. 36-49) to reality (vs. 50-53) in the minds of his followers. Even for those committed to Jesus—disciples who trusted him—believing the resurrection was a staggering, yet essential, element of the Gospel.
The two disciples walked to Emmaus looking like Eeyore the Donkey before Christopher Robin returned his tail (Lk 24:17). Then Jesus restored what Cleopas and his companion lost when he died. Jesus gave a foundation to their faith. Friends, the Christian faith is eternally pinned to the historical event of Jesus’ resurrection. The emotional lows of Good Friday and highs of Easter Sunday find balance in the Savior.
Jesus confronted the two disciples unexpectedly. They did not realize it was Jesus who casually walked up beside them chiming in on their conversation. Just like the 11 disciples (see Lk 9:44-45; 18:31-35), they failed to understand, to embrace, to grasp the signature, climatic event that made all of Jesus’s life and ministry—indeed all of Scripture—victorious. When the One who felt the weekend’s fury spoke, the disciples asked, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know?” When the One who knew all things listened, Cleopas rehashed the story as if Jesus was isolated and ignorant. Ironically, Jesus was the only one who really understood. I image a lot of things we say to God sound foolish. It took his resurrection power to open their eyes, enlighten their minds, and warm their hearts. As soon as the two disciples understood, Jesus vanished.
Life and emotions must be centered on Jesus. Our Lord is the focus of creation, history, Scripture, and the Christian life. Yet Jesus taught Scripture as more convincing than his physical presence. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Lk 24:27). There is an inseparable unity of truth between Jesus and the Word, the Word and Jesus. One writer expressed it: “What has happened with Jesus can be understood only in light of the Scriptures, yet the Scriptures themselves can be understood only in light of Jesus.” Here’s the point: you will understand Scripture as God’s Word when you see Jesus as God’s Word because he is the fulfillment of all things.
Pastor Michael Wilburn
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
On the Emmaus Road
Pastor Michael Wilburn
2 Corinthians 5:11-15
No Evening Service
Mission RVA – Reaching Our City for Christ
• Saturday, April 7th, 6:30 PM “An Apologetic for the City”
• Sunday, April 8th, 9:30 AM “A Globalized Cities Initiative: We are Living in a Very Strategic Time for Great Commission Ministry”
• 11:00 AM “The City-God’s Gift to Great Commission Christians.”
• 12:15 PM Potluck Luncheon and Panel Discussion
CLICK HERE to register for the luncheon on Sunday
Speaker for the conference:
Dr. Bill Edmondson, BAPTIST MID MISSION
A church planter in Boston whose goal is to network global-urban-church planting by ministering the gospel to the global communities residing in the major cities of the world. He hopes to establish believing, life giving communities in the strategic city-centers of the world. He has a D. Min. in Cross Cultural Missions Strategies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Bill has been married 42 years to Deb and they have five children and ten grandchildren. Website: www.interglo.org
Panelists for Sunday, April 8:
Terry Hammack, SIM Int’l
Paul Manning, RVA Office of Volunteerism
Rebecca Jones, Pregnancy Resource Center
Bill Edmondson, Baptist Mid-Mission
Save the Date for VBS:
July 30 – August 3, 9 AM to 12 PM
If you can volunteer your time, please contact
Gloria Duffey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us on Saturday, April 14th for the Monument Ave 10K. Enjoy one another’s company as we cheer on the participants while passing out fruit and cookies! We are in need of nut-free chocolate chip cookies to pass out. Please bring cookies to the Fellowship Hall Kitchen on Wednesday, April 11th.
Saturday, April 29
Registration 9:00 AM / Walk begins 10:00 AM
Only a 2 mile walk so bring the whole family! The walk starts at our church and will be held rain or shine. If interested in being part of an IBC team, contact
Renita Like: email@example.com
Saturday, April 21, Fellowship Hall
Sessions from 9AM – 3 PM
The study will focus on three distinct events; the Rapture, the Tribulation and the Millennial Kingdom. Sign up online at foi.org/prophecy or call 800.257.7843.
April 1 – Deluxe Easter Breakfast
April 7-8 – Spring Missions Conference
April 14 – Monument Avenue 10K
April 21 – Prophecy Conference
April 28 – Walk for Life, Youth Senior Banquet