Bishop Rob's Message
The 9th message to all in the Parish from Bishop Rob Gillion, who has been licensed as an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Lincoln and is half time Interim Priest in Charge of our parish of St John's.
A reflection for Easter-
the Risen Jesus
After Easter our hearts turn to recognising where we can experience the Risen Christ in our lives. Jesus appears to his disciples in very different places; in a garden, on a beach, in an upper room, on the road. For me it’s being at home with him- both with my own personal family and in the family of the Church.
My favourite moment of an encounter with the Risen Jesus in the Bible is by two disciples on the Road to Emmaus:
They came to the edge of the village where they were headed. He acted as if he were going on but they pressed him: “Stay and have supper with us. It’s nearly evening; the day is done.” So he went in with them. And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognised him. And then he disappeared.
Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?” Luke. 24.28-32 (The Message)
Jesus always waits for an invitation. He never enters where he is not welcome. In fact he tells his disciples earlier that if they themselves are not welcomed in a town they are to shake the dust of the place from their feet.
These two disciples uttered the most important words of their lives . ‘Stay with us’. They had begun their conversation with Jesus very negatively. The fact that only one is mentioned in the story (Cleopas) perhaps is an invitation for the listener of the story to be the other!
‘We had our hopes up that he was the One, the One about to deliver Israel.’ (v21).
Leaving Jerusalem, their faces downcast, they were so miserable that when they thought about the events in Jerusalem they stopped walking. They had nowhere to go. Perhaps they remembered the words of Peter to Jesus,
‘Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life.’ (John 6.68).
Jesus then delights them with the Bible Study of a lifetime, rekindling their faith in the word of God. Their hearts burn within them as they begin to walk again with a lighter step along the Road to Emmaus. Indeed time flies and suddenly they arrive at their destination, and Jesus makes as if to go on – for if they do not offer him any invitation there is nothing more he can do. This truth is confirmed again in the Book of Revelation,
‘Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. (Reveation.3.20).
Jesus never forces himself on us, but once we invite him into our life he will make himself fully known and fully at home ‘in the breaking of the bread’.
Father of all,
We give you thanks and praise
that when we were still far off
You met us in your Son and brought us home (Common Worship)
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