1. Seven Miles. Emmaus was about 7 miles from Jerusalem. On that first Easter Sunday, our two anonymous guys were travelling from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Here’s what I think: distance helps with perspective. Sometimes we need to step back from something to see what’s really going on. My question would be, “what is your 7 miles?” We’ve all got a “7 mile” trip we need to make somewhere in our lives in order to gain a deeper awareness and greater understanding of what God may be doing and where our world may be going.
2. And we think we’re informed. The two guys who meet up with the disguised Jesus believe him to be the only person in Jerusalem who doesn’t know what’s happened over the past few days. They think they’re the ones in the know. They have all the alerts, feeds, and Twitter subscriptions so they don’t miss a thing. Who knows, they may even be the two people who actually click on the “one secret no one wants you to know” pop-up ads. That’s how plugged in these two guys are. Yet, as we see, they understand nothing. Don’t we do this all the time? We plug ourselves into electronic outlets and consume volumes of useless trivia, gossip, and nothingness. Then we meet our friends and family and ask, “Did you hear…?” And we can’t believe they don’t know, that they don’t read, or they don’t care? If you’ve been there, you’ve been on the Emmaus Road. On the Emmaus Road we realize that the story we’ve heard is only a portion of reality and it isn’t even the useful bit.
3. Break some bread. Hospitality is the key to having your world enlarged. When the two guys and Jesus sit down and break bread together, that’s when every thing clicks. Breaking bread is the key. Breaking bread is an all-purpose metaphor here. You can break bread or you can just sit down and talk. However you do it, this is when the magic happens. Communities come alive around the table. Fellowship becomes a family when listening and sharing combine.