Emmaus represents the paradoxical now and not yet of the Kingdom of God. The account of the Road to Emmaus can be found in Luke 24 and shares the story of Cleopas and another follower of Jesus only days after His crucifixion. The two men were walking the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus when a fellow traveler comes upon them and asks why they’re distraught. The men essentially say to this uninformed traveler, “DON’T YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!?!” They go on to share the events that had transpired: that the man who was supposed to be their King and Redeemer was brutally tortured, cruelly mocked, and crucified. And to make matters worse His body is gone! The unknown traveler hears their worries and continues to walk with the two men to Emmaus while telling them of Old Testament prophesies regarding the Messiah. Once they arrive in Emmaus the two followers ask the man to stay with them for dinner. He agrees and the very moment they broke bread together the two men realize they have been walking the road with Jesus Himself. As quickly as they realize who He is, He disappears. One of the men turns to the other and says, “Did our hearts not burn within us while He talked with us?” It’s almost as though they were saying, “did you feel that too? I knew something was going on.”
The road to Emmaus reminds us that Christ walks with us, between our moments of greatest sorrow and triumph, that He is present even when we can’t see Him, that the burning within our hearts is the burning for His presence, that walking WITH someone in community allows us to feel Christ’s presence even deeper, and that we see Him when we stop the busyness of life to commune with Him. Communing with Christ and worshiping God are central to our mission. God is always pouring out a unique anointing for communal, local, and original worship, and we want to tap into that. We see worship as a catalyst for change and a tangible way to align ourselves with the heartbeat of Christ. We aim to bring together worshipers from across our state and region to experience an expression of unified worship that will strengthen and equip our communities
The Road to Emmaus represents the space between what has happened and what is to come. It’s where we ALL are in EVERY moment. Our prayer is that the people in attendance would come to a deeper knowledge of Christ’s presence in the HERE AND NOW! And that Emmaus would be an opportunity to find Christ within the burning of our hearts, within the pain, within the struggle, within the journey, and WITH our community!
At its core Emmaus is about walking with and worshiping Jesus as a community- in unity. We aim draw worshipers together- not to see a popular band, not to get away to an exotic location, but for a collective experience of vertical worship, intentional community, and engaging dialogue. That’s why we have so many churches, worshipers, bands, and movements represented. We aim to reach across the silos of denomination and worship style to discover Christ in the now and the not yet. That’s our heart for this event. That’s Emmaus.