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  • Friday , 21 July 2017

Do you know the way to Emmaus?

On March 22, 2016, in an article published on umc.org, Heather Hahn of the United Methodist News Service highlighted the Biblical walk to Emmaus event, from which a program ministry of The Upper Room gets its name.

 

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by Heather Hahn | March 22, 2016 | UMNS — Christ shows up in the most unexpected places — in the wisdom of a stranger, in the breaking of bread and even in those moments when all hope seems lost.

That is one lesson from Luke: 24:13-34, the only detailed account of Jesus’ post-resurrection walk to Emmaus. The risen Christ travels about seven miles from Jerusalem alongside two grieving disciples. The two already know the testimony of the women at the empty tomb, but they fail to recognize their teacher until he joins them for a meal.

Here is another lesson from the story: A Christ encounter tends to get people up and moving. After Jesus reveals himself, the disciples rush back to Jerusalem with a fervor that the strangely warmed heart of John Wesley would recognize.

“Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the Scriptures for us?” the two say to each other.

The familiar Bible story remains cherished Easter reading and, in fact, is one of the possible lectionary passages for this Easter Sunday. The account also provides the name of the Walk to Emmaus movement, a ministry of ecumenical spiritual retreats organized through The Upper Room at United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.

Scholars and other Christians see plenty of reasons why the story still resonates with Christ’s followers today.

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Read more of Heather Hahn’s article on the Biblical story of the walk to Emmaus at UMC.org. Source: Walking with Christ: Do you know the way to Emmaus? | The United Methodist Church

For more information about The Walk to Emmaus ministry of The Upper Room, visit http://emmaus.upperroom.org/

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