Joseph Tarkaa Asaka
Theme: Our Journey to Emmaus! Luke 24:13-35
1.Life is a journey. Like any journey, it is full of challenges. Sometimes, we may really get confused and lost.Like the disciples going to Emmaus, we are sometimes amazed, overwhelmed or even frustrated by the circumstances of life. Often times, things simply do not turn out the way we anticipated and we tend to think that God has 'failed' and abandoned us.
2. In the life of the disciples, the resurrection was one event that initially got them so confused that some behaved as though they felt it was needless keeping faith with God. For instance, according to John 20:24,Thomas was absent the first time Jesus appeared to the disciples! Thomas did not go to church, so to speak! The question is where was Thomas? Why did he choose to be absent from the assembly of the faithful? It would seem that Tom was disappointed. Peter on his part said he would go back to fishing and about five disciples followed him. Why would they go back to fishing? Again, it would seem that Pet and the other disciples got fed up with this 'Jesus thing'. And then we have these two gentlemen walking to Emmaus, a journey of about 7miles or 11 kilometres ( today's gospel)! Why? It seems they also want to distance themselves from Jerusalem and the 'Jesus thing'! But behold, Jesus is patient with them and he still accompanies them. On Easter Sunday, Mary Magdalene stood crying outside that tomb (John 20:11).
Why? It would seem she was dumbfounded!