A Note from Pastor Wood

“Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”

On the road to Emmaus Jesus meets two of his disciples. They were probably not part of the inner circle of twelve, but they could have been part of the 72 that Jesus sent out in Luke 10. They had been with Jesus a long time. They had listened to him, gone out on missions for him, hoped in him, and are now so immersed in their sorrow that they cannot even recognized the Lord right in front of them.

We can learn a lot from how our Lord interacts with these two disciples. There he is in his risen flesh. He is right in front of them. He could have just pointed to himself and opened their eyes to their Lord standing right in front of them, but he doesn’t. Jesus begins with Moses and all the Prophets and he interprets the Scriptures for them. Jesus is always directing his disciples to the Scriptures, and there they find Him and understand his Resurrection.

Jesus does the same thing almost immediately, “As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be to you!”… Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures… (Luke 24:36, 45).

One Pentecost the Holy Spirit comes down and inspires Peter to preach. In the earliest recorded Christian Sermon, Peter quotes Joel 2:28–32 and Palm 16:8–11. He interprets the Scriptures to proclaim Jesus Christ crucified and risen for the forgiveness of sins.

God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are, even now, at work in the world in the same way as they were during the earliest days of the resurrection. The Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens the whole Christian Church on earth through the truth of the Scriptures being proclaimed, taught, and interpreted to us and for us.

By the testimony of the Scriptures we know that to this day Jesus continues to reveal himself through the breaking of the bread of the bread in Holy Communion. It is the promises of God proclaimed through the Holy Scriptures that drive us to know and believe in the power of Baptism to save. Jesus may have vanished from our sight, but he is most certainly still here with us. Abiding with his church forever, even to the end of the age, through the Scriptures which proclaimed Jesus to Mary Magdalene, Peter and John, and all the witnesses of the resurrection. The Scriptures revealed Jesus to Paul, the early Church fathers like Augustine, to the reformers like Luther and Melanchthon, and to the founders of our synod such as Walther and Pieper. It was the Scriptures that the Holy Spirit used to proclaim the good news and create faith in our Grandparents, parents, in us. It will be the Scriptures that the Holy Spirit uses to bring us to Jesus and preserve us in the one true faith to life everlasting.

Pastor Wood