The road to Emmaus story is my favorite resurrection story. It’s on of my favorite Bible stories full stop.
As a quick recap: Two dudes (these two were followers of Jesus) were on the road to Emmaus when a third dude (spoilers… the third dude is Jesus) joined them. The new traveler asked ‘Are y’all heading to Emmaus?… If so, may I join your company?’ and the other two were like ‘Sure! The more the merrier!’
So the three of them are traveling the road to Emmaus talkin’, jokin’, and in general shooting the shit.
Eventually they get to Emmaus, but it’s gotten late so the two original travelers invite the third in their company to dinner. He accepts and they go to a house (I forget if it was one of the original traveller’s homes or just a general home or an inn or what). Then something a little unusual happens. The third dude asks if he can bless the meal. The original dudes say ‘Sure’ so the third dude goes about blessing.
He goes about blessing things and then gets to the bread. He blesses the bread, breaks it, and all is revealed to the original dudes. They realize they’ve been walking with Jesus for several hours without realizing and go to talk with Jesus some more, but he’s vanished (as resurrected individuals often do).
As they realize their heart’s were on fire (not literally, more in a spritual sense) the entire time, when the two original dudes see that Jesus had vanished they made haste to go back to Jerusalem.
I love this story because it illustrates how Jesus can appear in our lives at any moment and it’s often not until after the moment’s past that we realize what was happening.
Often times I think Christians focus too much on ‘The Second Coming of Jesus’ and not enough on the every day ‘Jesus’ that come into our lives.
Yes, the day of reckoning is coming, but it may not be for another 1,000 or 3 billion years. Whenever the Sun is going to expand so much as to devour Earth.
I’ve always been a ‘focus on the present’ kinda guy (that may be inferred by my ISFJ personality), but the future is/and will always be a scary proposition.
When I expressed these thoughts to a friend she said that it reminded her of the story of a person waiting on their roof top for God to save them even though a boat and helicopter offered their assistance.
Basically what I’m saying is… don’t discount the everyday Jesus’ that we encounter. They often teach us more than we realize.