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LOG ADVENTure – December 24, 2018
Well, we made it!
24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke over the 24 days of December.
Congratulations to those who hung in with me.
I’d love to know if you found it meaningful
or if you have any ideas about how to improve it should I ever try something like this again.
Luke 24 tells of the resurrection of Jesus.
The stories we usually read/hear on Easter are here for us on Christmas Eve
so we once again remember that the baby in the manger
grew to be the man on the cross
and the Savior who rose from the dead
Verses 13-35 tell the story of Jesus appearing to the men walking on the road to Emmaus.
Most scholars believe that they were probably heading home.
They knew that Jesus had been crucified,
even heard that he was no longer in the tomb.
But they didn’t know what to do with that – so they went back home.
Jesus walked with them a way and helped them to understand
but they didn’t recognize him until he broke the bread and gave it to them.
“Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
and he disappeared from their sight.
They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us
while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
As we “go back home” after Christmas –
back to our normal, non-holiday lives
may our hearts “burn within us”
as we see Jesus
in the Scriptures we read
and the people we walk with
and the work that we do.
And may our burning hearts
cause us to use our hands and feet and ears and voices
so that others may know the Love Of God too.
Merry Christmas, my friends.
I love you.
LOG ADVENTure – December 23, 2018
Luke 23 continues Jesus last day on earth -
all the way to his death and burial.
The brutality and horror of it
stands in stark contrast to the way we imagine it all began in Bethlehem.
But even that – a long, hard journey
ending with no place to sleep except a stable
probably wouldn’t appeal to any of us.
So what’s the story that Luke has given us during our ADVENTure?
The baby Jesus grew up to be a man
(fully human and fully divine)
who healed and taught and lived and died
so that we might know the way
the way to live here and now (like him)
and the way to life eternally (with him).
Jesus is Emmanuel – God With Us
(see Matthew 1:22)
Luke 23 is perhaps the climax of the Jesus story
but it is not the end.
Thanks be to God!
(one more day of ADVENTure is coming tomorrow)