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When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. 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?" - Luke 24:30-32
- Luke 24:30-32
Recently I had a dear member of my congregation ask me about the black hole that scientists have just now been able to see. For years it has been an article of faith that such an entity existed in this vast cosmos. However, no one has been able to see it until just recently. It just goes to show that we can still be surprised to see something when all of the clues and ponderings point to something being there. Indeed it is still amazing when something long suspected and promised, as it were by science, is a reality.
I suppose we feel the same way about freedom from the bonds of death and transgressions. We know that separation is not the way the world is supposed to be. Indeed broken relationships both physically (death) and metaphysically (sin) are as observable a reality as anything in this vast cosmos. Yet, what if there were rumors that there was some great force out there that was actively working to bind up those fissures? We are confronted with an odd reality as we know the universe can be fixed but cannot reason how it is to be done.
In the first century Israel there had been strange rumors that a holy man may be more than had originally been thought. On the road to a town called Emmaus two of his disciples were mourning the loss and discussing what it meant for them only to have a mysterious stranger come up to them and begin to remind them of the clues and promises that had been made for so long. It was only in the intimacy of supper that the truth was revealed to them: the punishment of death and disunion weren't the end of the story because they had seen the promised counter argument with their own eyes.
We can also think of the women staring into the empty tomb. Rumors of an empty space whose ramifications would change the world as they knew it abounded and yet no one really expected to see it. Perhaps this is where the analogies break down. We searched for a great emptiness in outer space that was a death so powerful life could not escape it, but the Easter story is the story of a great fullness that sought us out in our own lives. It is a light so powerful that death cannot escape His power.