“The road to Emmaus is the Highway of Holiness.”

Luke 24 meet Isaiah 35.

Sometimes God says little nuggets like this during worship, for me to unpack later.

Isaiah 35, the “highway of holiness” passage is a proclamation of redeemed man.

 

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,

the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus.

They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God.

(God’s resplendent glory, fully on display. God awesome. God majestic. MSG)

 Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense ofGod. He will come and save you.” (Courage! Take heart! God is here, right here, on his way to put things right and redress all wrongs. He’s on his way! He’ll save you.”MSG)

 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.

For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;

 And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;

Theunclean shall not pass over it.

It shall belong to those who walk on the way;

EVEN IF THEY ARE FOOLS, THEY SHALL NOT GO ASTRAY.

 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing;

Everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorry and sighing shall flee away.”

 

Two men walk with Jesus, unaware, on the road to Emmaus. Sorrowful over the recent events in Jerusalem – wasn’t this man who was crucified the one they “hoped would redeem Israel?”

This walking companion, identity veiled, opened the scriptures to them revealing Christ throughout, and their hearts burned within them.

But it was communion that opened their eyes.

Jesus had been with them the whole time.

As he remains today, God with us, Emmanuel. Ready to reveal Himself, that our hearts may burn and we would see the Way and walk in it.

 

And the dry ground will be glad.

And eyes will be opened.

And everlasting JOY shall be upon their heads.