An Encounter

“It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Luke 24:34

It is only as we read through the story of Jesus’ encounter with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, that we realise that they already had from the outset all the evidence of His Resurrection that they needed. They had already been “astonished” by the testimony of the women who had gone early to the grave and found Him gone, and had also received the confirming evidence of the disciples who had followed them to check out the story. And yet they still “walked and were sad”. They had trusted in Christ, but failed to believe in His Resurrection when the evidence was staring them in the face. And they failed similarly, of course, to recognise Him when He was walking alongside them, until that final moment in the story when He “vanished out of their sight”. Their eyes, indeed, were “holden, that they should not know Him”.

It is notable that Christ, for their comfort and to re-establish their faith, took them straight to the scriptures, expounding to them “in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.” There is no better – indeed, no other – place that we can go, in order to reorientate our minds and souls and spirits when our faith is low. Once they were back in His orbit, and receiving from Him again the spiritual food they were so needing, their “hearts burned within them” and their spirits lifted. They realised they didn’t want to part company with Him, and constrained Him to stay, to which request He acceded.

As we come to Christ in prayer, He will, for us too, as for those two disciples, “talk with us by the way”; and as we take time to read the Bible in His Presence, He will always and indeed “open to us the scriptures”.

Grand Chaplain