"Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said 'What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?'
"Then one of them, answered, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?" He asked them, 'What things?'
"They replied, 'The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel...'"
We all know the story how Jesus then went with them to their home. At the table he book bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened and recognized him and he vanished from their sight. Gee, how in the world could men miss the message of Jesus the "Messiah"?
This weekend I was privileged to spend 72 hours at a rustic camp snuggled among the ponderosa of Pine Ridge near Chadron. Joining a group of believing Christian men we renewed our faith and strengthened our resolve to live life as Jesus intended for us. The event was fostered by a world wide group that calls themselves simply "Walk to Emmaus."
The organization seems to appeal especially to the more charismatic evangelistic Protestant organizations however the Catholic Church, and others, have similar programs of renewal and outreach.
I was nearly the oldest gentleman present, certainly not the richest or wisest. Normal folk from all walks of life. If I felt like a square plug in a round hole it was my problem and it was all right. We each were accepted as the creatures of God that we all are. No "holier-than-thou" attitude to be found anywhere. Right there in modern day America we pilgrims voluntarily gave up our cell phones, computers, books including the electronic variety, radio, TV, newspaper and even our watches and clocks. It was a strange feeling, almost even eerie, but the lack of outside distractions, as intended, also made it easy to turn to our personal Bibles, dust off the pages, and read the wisdom contained therein. Gee, how in the world could men miss the message of Jesus the "Messiah"?
In today's society we are constantly bombarded with the pap from Hollywood, TV and even music that encourages free sex and lack of commitment in marriage. The Lord made us male and female so where does same sex marriage, whatever that is, come from? It is difficult to ignore the efforts of organizations formed to encourage homosexuality and recruit for the gay and lesbian community. Somehow I couldn't find any of that in my Bible. I do take to heart though Jesus' encouragement to condemn the sin but love the sinner.
Personally I'm intrigued with persons who deny the existence of any God. Where do they find a set of instructions to guide their lives?
What do they use to rule and guide their actions and thinking. Surely they can't think that they have gained such wisdom in their own short time of living experience. Do they subscribe to the "if it feels good, do it" crowd? Why not pick up the book that brings more than five thousand years of human experience on how to do it right? What works and what is a bad deal for all close by? It is all there; we just need to take a little time to study and learn.
Dimly aware of the existence of "The Walk," I have resisted going for years. My own family, and even good friends, all ganged up on me.
Finally Grannie Annie 'splained that she wanted to attend but the rule is the husband has to go first. Sometimes there is no winning, just acquiesce and enjoy the ride.
Not a bad deal at all, good food, 72 hours away from the press of a schedule and concerns of the world and fantastic spiritual renewal.
What isn't there to like about it? For me the square is checked off and now I can go back to enjoying life! Gee, how in the world could men miss the message of Jesus the "Messiah"? Why did I wait so long?
That is how I saw it.