Ched Meyers offers up a radical view of what it means to be a Christian. His “Road to Emmaus” (Luke 24) interpretation is just amazing and seems to call us into courageous and radical justice making. I took some notes for our church’s ministry, Sustainable World this past Spring 2013. They are based on a Peter Laarman essay which reviews Ched Meyers’ “Road to Emmaus” biblical study.
The “Emmaus Road” story about two of Jesus’ disciples who, having lost their leader and facing certain punishment in Jerusalem, are running away discouraged and scared. They are terrified at the nature of a world that so easily eliminated their leader and that runs so counter to their leader’s message of “liberation through non-violent, sacrificial, creative love.”
Jesus joins them on their journey to Emmaus, unbeknownst to them; they did not recognize him. In the midst of their terror and despair they came to this realization:
They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us[k] while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”
They were awe struck, their spirits renewed (reminded), by the fundamental message of their faith. The prophetic tradition, as Jesus reminded them, is a liberating message that they can be fully alive in. ((I don’t fully get this part but I think Jesus’ resurrection says that death is not the final answer for us and that their seeing Jesus was just the thing to confirm this)).
“Above all, the prophets warns us that they way to liberation in a world locked down by the spiral of violence, the way to redemption in a world of enslaving addictions, the way to true transformation in a world of deadened conscience and numbing conformity is the way of nonviolent, sacrificial, creative love.”
Ched Meyers has a website for his many interpretations of biblical passages. He is also part of an organization called, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries. I’m particularly interested in his work on “Sabbath Economics”. These are a short three part video introduction to this concept.
The full Peter Laarman essay on “The Road to Emmaus”: