Our Gospel text yesterday in worship was Luke 24:13-35. Take a moment to read it. Jesus catches up with some disciples on the road to Emmaus, just a few miles out of Jerusalem. This narrative continues the wonder that the risen Christ was not only raised from the dead, but also that he came back to his followers. The Bible states, “He came and stood among them.”
This is at the heart of our faith. This is the very source of the existence of the church. Thank God our relationship with God does not rest on our coming and standing with God. Rather, our relationship with God rests upon a God who constantly comes and stands with us.
We come to church not because we understand everything in the Bible. We’re not there because our faith has got everything figured out and fixed. We’re there at church as those waiting for Jesus to come and stand among us. And he does! He comes as a gift, and it is named grace. He heals our doubts, calms our fears, and reveals himself and his Word to us.
We are there at church on Sundays because, in some way or another, the risen Christ has previously shown up in our life. When we open the Bible, he springs to life and has his way with us. When we open the hymnal, he breaks forth on the notes of a song. When we break bread together, and share the cup, he stands among us.
Don’t you just love these post-Easter stories!!
Peace, Pastor Gary