Emmaus: What In God’s Name Is Going On

Luke 24:14-15

14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.

Does the world seem off balance to you? Do current events trouble you? Do you wonder who is in charge? Do you feel like your life is getting hit from all sides? And does all of this leave you a little stunned?

This is how two men felt as they walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Their world had been turned upside down. With their own eyes they had seen Christ crucified and buried. They were hiding out with other believers wondering what went wrong and how they could still believe. Then people they trusted said the miracle had happened. God had kept His promise. Christ had risen from the grave.

So they took a walk that is remembered to this day. As they walked the 7 miles to Emmaus, Christ showed up in their midst. And before the day was over they realized He held the whole world in His hands.

How can we be centered in our uncentered world?

1) Walk. Invest time to center yourself during uncentered times. Make sure you are walking with Jesus on your mind and with trustworthy people. Your heart will find a resting place.
2) Talk. As you walk, talk it through with others in awareness that Christ is with you. Clarity will burn through the fog of uncertainty, and your heart will burn with excitement.
3) Commit. With your companions, risk with Jesus. Your heart will set sail for an eternal adventure.

Sidebars:
People fear more what they cannot “control” than dangers that are in their control. So “control” is about handling our fears. In our scary world and daily lives we can serve God by trusting that He has got the whole world in His hands. God’s grace is sovereign. We can submit our fears to His goodness and control… We understand the Scriptures more clearly when  we study the Bible together. And families & friends are strengthened when we see each other acting in line with our beliefs.

Being centered during uncentered times means not to center ourselves around the uncertainties…God cares. God comes alongside us for encouragement. God goes in front of us to lead. And God is present behind us to support us when we are not aware of His presence.