Grand Chaplain’s Message

Another encounter with Jesus

Luke 24:32

They said to each other, v“Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he wopened to us the Scriptures?”

The disciples who encountered the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus have just finished their report to the others gathered in the upstairs room (the room of the Last Supper), when Jesus Himself appears among them. He does indeed just appear: He “stood in the midst of them”. And His opening gift to them is His peace. How greatly we all need that gift.

He then goes to great lengths to convince them that He is not a “spirit”, or a “ghost” as we might say. He invites them to handle Him; He shows them His hands and His feet (with the fresh marks of the nails still upon them); and He asks them for food, which He can eat in front of them in demonstration of His living Presence.

It is so often the details in the Gospels which strike us. They give to the text a special authenticity. Why should Luke record that the food they offered to Him was “a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb”, but for the reason that that was indeed the food they had to hand that night?

Again, as with the earlier disciples en route to Emmaus, Jesus emphasises the importance of the scriptures, and directs the disciples back to Moses and the prophets and the psalms, opening their understanding, “that they might understand the scriptures”. We are reminded again of how important it is as Christians to make a priority of reading the Bible in its entirety. God speaks to us through it all.

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