Text: Luke 24:13-35
WALKING AND TALKING TOGETHER
God’s Word: 13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing Him.17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” (Luke 24:13-17)
The evangelist Luke tells this story about two disciples on their way to Emmaus, a small town near Jerusalem. The men spend Easter evening walking and talking together about Jesus, the Nazarene, Who they were hoping was the One who was going to redeem Israel. The resurrected Jesus suddenly appears alongside them. Even though He knows more than them, He asks this question to see what they know: “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” Three of them are now walking together.
Walking Together. The word “synod” means walking together. It is a two-part Greek word: with – and – path. Putting the two together, the meaning of walking together along the way is conveyed. Synod has deep roots within the Church’s tradition. It also means a council or an assembly or churches. Hence, The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
Walking together. Grace’s Mission Statement: “Welcoming Everyone to Walk the Way of Grace.” What does it mean to walk the way of Grace together? How do we walk along the path with each other?
Talking together. One Bible scholar points out that the two disciples “communed together.” The definition of commune? To converse; talk together familiarly, impart ideas and sentiments mutually; interchange thoughts or feelings. What conversations will we be holding with each as we walk together? How can we impart ideas and sentiments mutually?
For over three-quarters of a century the Grace community of faith has been walking and talking together about the message proclaimed from within the sanctuary walls of Grace Lutheran Church every Easter morning. Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the Son of God, condemned to death, crucified, and risen from the dead that we might have forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.
That’s the message that was burning within the hearts of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. The Word of God does that as His Spirit begins to open up the Scriptures giving way to understanding. Their hearts burned so intensely that they rose up the same hour and returned to Jerusalem. This showed their zeal and courage. The news of the risen Savior was too good to be kept to themselves. It was vital for them to impart their ideas (commune) on those who had not yet heard the Easter message.
He is risen. He is risen, indeed. Hallelujah! That’s walking the way of Grace.
~ Chris Wethman, Interim President