And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
Not long after vanishing from supper at Emmaus, Jesus ascended to heaven. We live here in the space between his appearings. Jesus is born into the world, disappears into the tomb, rises and appears to many, and then vanishes again. He is present in the world, but hidden in human hands and faces, most particularly the bodies of the poor and marginalized. In this tension, we tell stories of Jesus-sightings old and new, hearts burning with the words of the teacher who walks with us on the road.
Rebekah Devine is Executive Assistant to Shane Claiborne at Red Letter Christians. She holds an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis, an M.Litt in Theology and the Arts, and a B.S. in Biblical Studies. Rebekah blogs at rebekahdevine.com, and is writing a memoir about growing up messianic Jewish(ish) called A Wandering God Was My Father. Find her on Facebook and Twitter (@rebekahmdevine).