Now What? – Encountering Jesus

“When he 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?’” Luke 24:30-32 NIV

Imagine for a moment you are with your favorite friends and family. You’ve traveled everywhere and done everything with them. They are the people you love and trust most in the world. Now imagine the darkest hour of your life and all of them simultaneously abandon you. What happens the next time you see these supposed “friends”? If you’re like me, you would share your frustration! I might even play scenarios of sweet revenge over and over again in my head until I could retaliate!

Now imagine you’re one of those abandoning, unreliable friends and the one you hung out to dry is none other than Jesus. Ouch! That anguishing tension is where Jesus’ so-called “friends” found themselves as rumors of His resurrection began to emerge. Each disciple was hopeful of seeing Jesus alive again, but also fearful. What would Jesus say? What would He do? Now What?

In Christ’s love and service,

Pastor Paul Marzahn