During the Easter week, I had a hectic work week. Like most pastors, that is one of the busiest weeks in our ministerial calendar. Besides preparing for the Good Friday message, and the bulletin article followed closely by the Easter Sunday morning sermon, most pastors would be stretched to their maximum limit. Some churches even conduct special musical concerts and /or Sunrise Services. I had my fair share of such hectic activities in the Easter week. However as I was preparing for the Easter message, The Emmaus Road (Lk 24: 13-35), little did I know that God was also preparing me to walk the Emmaus Road with Him.
I had pre-arranged a hospital visit on the Easter Sunday afternoon with one of our church members whose elderly mother was quite ill in the intensive care unit.
What a blessing it was, at the end of my sharing, this dear mother called on the Lord to save her. Though she was not able to talk, she nodded her head to join me in praying to the Lord for salvation. Of course, the whole family rejoiced together for their loved one who was born anew into the Kingdom of God.
Almost simultaneously while I was still at the hospital, I received an SMS message informing me about a tragic accident involving a sister and nephew of another church member.
You can imagine what an emotional roller coaster experience I had. Here I was, one moment rejoicing with the dear family in the salvation of their precious mother, and at the next, I felt grief and sorrow at the sudden loss of loved ones of another church member. I asked the Lord why these things should happen together. I could not understand.
Almost immediately, I was reminded of what I preached earlier in the morning. This is exactly why our Lord Jesus died and rose again. For those who are experiencing sorrow and grief at the departure of their loved ones, they can be assured that He is alive and will always be there to comfort and give them hope, just as He did with the disciples on Emmaus road. And for those who accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour, they can rejoice that because He lives, they will live also.
John Wesley had his own Emmaus Road experience through the hearing of Scripture. Here's how he describes it.
"I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation, and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins—even mine—and saved me from the law of sin and death."
The words Wesley heard were three times removed. The speaker was reading Luther's commentary on Paul's Epistle to the Romans. Yet Jesus was there.
The Scriptures all point to the One who is our companion on the Emmaus Road. Have you begun your life’s journey with Jesus on your “Emmaus Road”?
For those who have not, why not this day call on the Lord Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour.
Rev Mark Tay