on the Road to Emmaus story of the Resurrection as a picture of
discipleship. It is a story about grief and remembrance, realization
and revelation. It is a story that lays out some basic principles of
the resurrection life: companionship, scripture, faith, and sacrament.
is a section on Christian knowledge and fact. I may choose a different
word next time. But our faith and knowledge has a content and makes
claims about facts and reality. It is not primarily about our opinions.
This is a difficult thing to make a statement about in less than half
an hour. But it goes roughly like this:
We live in a
time when we trade in opinions that are disconnected from facts. Our
politicians have become masters of opinions that are disconnected from
facts. Our faith is about reality. We believe that something is true
that changes our understanding, experience, and life in reality. It
should change the way we talk and act and think. It is not an opinion
but rather a statement of reality and fact. If you believe something
else, you are wrong. I think that comes across in the sermon.
part two is vital. I don't think that you being wrong makes you less
human, less a desired child of God, or less saved by the cross, or less
vital to my salvation and worthy of love. These two things go side by
side. Jesus is right AND you are loved by God.
is what Cleopas and his companion got so clearly. Jesus is alive and so
God is king. The loving, dancing Abba of Jesus is the real God of this
world, and not Ceasar or his heirs. It is glorious.
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his
disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we
may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.