Day 79: Joshua 4–6, Psalm 66, Luke 24 – The Very Rev. Douglas Travis

Joshua 4–6, Psalm 66, Luke 24
“If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied”
(1 Corinthians 15:19).
“[T]o your faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, not ended; and when our mortal body
lies in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens” (The Book
of Common Prayer, p. 382).
A great deal rests upon our embracing that the Resurrection of Jesus is true, that the tomb
really was empty, and that Jesus truly appeared to his disciples. But we must be wary
of thinking that by believing something which otherwise seems absurd (namely, that
dead people rise) we’ve somehow cut a bargain with God to secure our salvation. One
does not bargain with God, even in believing the truth about God. All that we have—
our souls and our bodies—are pure gifts from God. The challenge is not to believe the
absurd but to embrace with all our hearts the presence of the Risen One.
For in the power of the Holy Spirit the Risen One is still available, but we may not recognize
his presence. The first witnesses to the Resurrection did not always recognize the One in
their midst. We do not know how long the conversation on the road to Emmaus lasted,
but it was obviously more than just a few minutes. Luke tells us that Emmaus was seven
miles from Jerusalem, and the unrecognized Jesus had sufficient time to interpret “to
them the things about himself in all the Scriptures.” And yet, even though the speaker
was engaging enough to hold their attention for several miles and elicit from them an
invitation to stay for supper, they did not know with whom they were talking until he
“took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.”
In the power of the Holy Spirit the Risen One is still very much with us, especially in the
meal he himself established for your sake and mine. The challenge is not so much to
believe this as it is to know him. In coming to know him one cannot but believe!
What does it mean to “believe” in the
Resurrection? What does it mean to trust
in the Resurrection?
How can we know the Risen Lord?
O God of the Risen Lord, assure me of your
Presence, that I may know you, trust you,
and always walk with you. Amen.