Walking with Jesus: 3rd Sunday of Easter


“Open your Eyes so that you may see!”

Luke 24:13-35,  Psalm 116:1-4,12-19,  1 Peter 1:17-23,  Acts 2:14a,36-41  

Fred Herr
Certified Lay Servant
Johnson Memorial UMC
Western District

We are the servants called to open the eyes of the world to the one true Lord.  To break the chains that surround us. 

Ps 116:15-15 (CEB) “15 The death of the Lord’s faithful is a costly loss in his eyes.  16 Oh yes, Lord, I am definitely your servant!  I am your servant and the son of your female servant— you’ve freed me from my chains.”

1 Peter 1:22-23 (CEB) “22 As you set yourselves apart by your obedience to the truth so that you might have genuine affection for your fellow believers, love each other deeply and earnestly. 23 Do this because you have been given new birth—not from the type of seed that decays but from seed that doesn’t. This seed is God’s life-giving and enduring word.” 

We have been given this new birth to share. To lead, alongside our Pastors, within and most of all outside our church building walls.  To show the love our Risen Lord wants all to see.

Luke 24:31 (CEB)   30 After he took his seat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?”

A Walk to Emmaus weekend is a tremendous eye opening, spending spirit filled time with other Christian Brothers or Sisters.  Where love is all around.  Where those attending are served by their Christian Brothers and Sisters during the weekend.  By the end of the weekend their eyes are opened to where Christ is leading them to be as his Disciples, to bring love into the World. 

The Walk to Emmaus Weekend is to enhance one’s walk with Christ, to break the chains that surround them and that they may develop as leaders with-in their home church. 

See, my eyes were opened to where Christ was wanting me to serve.

Please let these words from an old faith filled hymn be your prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father “Open my eyes, that I may see, Glimpses of truth thou hast for me; Place in my hands the wonderful key, that shall unclasp and set me free.  Silently now I wait for thee, Ready, my God, thy will to see.  Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!”  


Chas. H. Scott,  Public Domain