This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Easter. Because Easter moves around year to year, many of the assigned Gospel readings during the Easter Season are Resurrection stories. Such is the case with The Road to Emmaus Story assigned for this Sunday.
Even if you are not a country music fan, you probably have heard Willie Nelson’s famous song, “On the Road Again.” Here’s some of the lyrics: “On the road again. Just can’t wait to get on the road again. Going places where I’ve never been … I can’t wait to get on the road again.” While Willie romanticizes being “On the Road Again,” that’s not a happy experience for many people. Too often on the road again is a symbol of, loneliness, frustration, being lost with no direction with little or no hope.
That is an apt description of the experience of Cleopas and his companion in the gospel story about the Road to Emmaus. Dejected and in despair, they are leaving Jerusalem – “on the road again” headed to Emmaus, a seacoast village seven miles away. Fortunately for them, they have “A Surprise Resurrection Experience” in their encounter with Jesus.
For many of us, our emotional and spiritual Road to Emmaus is a place we often travel in our frustration, confusion, grief and despair. It’s a long walk and it seems like we’ll never get there. If we do, we may still be doubtful, weary, frustrated, and directionless. The good news is that God wants us to have “A Surprise Resurrection Experience” on our spiritual and emotional Roads to Emmaus.
Join us at Covenant in worship this Sunday. I’ll be preaching about what it means for us today to have “A Surprise Resurrection Experience” based on Luke 24:13-35.