The incident of Jesus’ meeting the two men on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) is one of my personal favorite moments in the life of Jesus.  It is sad, funny and thrilling all at the same time.  These men were believers, convinced that Jesus was a prophet and had believed Him to be “the one to redeem Israel.” But now he was dead.  They were amazed that this stranger wasn’t already aware of the things that had been happening lately in Jerusalem.

They were going home disappointed although they had heard the reports that His body was not found in the tomb and that angels had said He was alive.  Nobody, as far as they knew, had seen a body or a living man.

Jesus rebuked them for failing to trust their belief in the words of the Prophets.  And He began with Moses and all the Prophets and interpreted all the things concerning Himself.  Now isn’t that a sermon at which you would have loved to have been present.  They still didn’t know who He was.

They invited Him to stay overnight with them.  As they sat at the table to eat, Jesus broke the bread and gave it to them, their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him.  THAT was their V8 moment.  And then He vanished.  Wow!  On the road they had been touched as He explained the Scriptures to them, but they did not realize He was the risen Lord.  Now that they knew, they got up and ran (they didn’t walk this time) back to Jerusalem.

This story always excites me.  Imagine the looks on their faces, the thrill of their hearts, the warmth of their faith. In many ways, I wish I could have been there.  However, I wasn’t, and neither were you.  For most of us, by the time we knew the part about the trials, humiliation and crucifixion, we also knew about the resurrection, the ascension, the throne, the kingdom, etc.  So what does all of this mean for us and do for us?  Has there been a time in your life when your faith was non-existent or so weak you were having doubts about Jesus?  In times like that, have you ever had a V8 moment?  Have you come to “see” Jesus alive and active and exactly who the Scriptures show Him to be?  I hope you have. 

If so, how did it affect you?  Did your heart burn within you? Were you revived, excited, bursting with zeal?  How does it move you even now?  Do you get up and run to tell others about Jesus?  The One who was dead, but is now risen and alive. We need to be on fire like that every day of our lives.  Let’s not limit our appreciation and proclamation of Christ to one day or a few days a year.

“But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive…. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:20-22, 58).