Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet the risen Christ?
During the Octave of Easter, we’ll hear a series of Gospel readings about the Resurrection. On Easter Wednesday, we’ll read from Luke 24, when Jesus appears to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. And we’ll hear an almost passing line in Luke 24:27: “Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures.”
Wait, Jesus did what? He interpreted over three hundred promises and prophecies about the Messiah, all from memory. And the disciples didn’t even realize who they were talking to after this!
It wasn’t until Jesus broke the bread that their eyes were opened (Luke 24:30-31), and only then did they say, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).
This should make us stop and wonder. What would it have been like to hear about the fulfillment of God’s promises straight from Jesus, their fulfillment? And what would it have been like to understand we were witnessing the fulfillment of all the old covenants while we partook of their fulfillment in the New Covenant, the Eucharist? Surely those disciples must have realized how many thousands had come before them who would have given everything to be in their place—and they didn’t take it lightly, because they immediately ran to tell the Apostles what they had witnessed.
All this is well and good, but isn’t it too soon to talk about the Resurrection? Isn’t it a little cruel to bring up Easter when we’re entering Lent? No. And here’s why.
Lent is our road to Emmaus. As we get ready to break bread with the risen Christ on Easter, we have Lent to prepare our hearts by studying Scripture. We might wonder what it was like to hear Jesus explain the Scriptures, but God wants to speak to us today as directly as He did to those two disciples. He speaks to us through the Scriptures and He’s given us all we need to interpret His message in the Church.
This Lent, take time to read Scripture. Consider doing a Bible study that will guide you through the biblical narrative, from the Old Testament to the New.
Genesis to Jesus is a new Bible study that explores the story of salvation history in light of all that Christ has revealed to His Church. It doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. It gathers the wisdom of the Church in one place, so that you can study the Scriptures that Jesus would have interpreted on the road to Emmaus.
Go through God’s covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David to arrive at their fulfillment in the New and Everlasting Covenant.
Study the writings of the prophets to see how Christ fulfills all God’s promises throughout history.
Discover how God has faithfully fathered His people throughout history. Discover how His promises remain unbroken even up to you—God’s plan continues in the New Covenant, and you have a place in that plan.
While we can’t go back in time to that eventful day in Luke’s Gospel, we can encounter Christ in Scripture and have our hearts burn within us. Prepare your heart to receive Christ at Easter—join us as we open the Scriptures in Genesis to Jesus, so that we can say with the Apostles, “The Lord has truly been raised” (Luke 24:34).
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