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Luke 24:32 – “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 

Have you ever been disappointed before? Not just a minor disappointment but a major one, kind of like having all these hopes and dreams for yourself, your spouse, your friend, your children, or whoever, only to seem them dashed to pieces because of terrible choices, unfair treatment, or anything else that could crush our expectations. If you know what that feels like, you’ll have a good idea of what Cleopas and his buddy are going through in Luke 24:13-35. They are crushed, disillusioned, despairing; they are lost, without hope, without direction. But just as things looked hopeless, in breaks divine hope in the presence of the risen Lord Jesus Christ!

Now, if you reacquaint yourselves with this beautiful story you’ll notice these two disciples didn’t get “it” – the divine hope – right away. They finally do after they invite a seemingly insignificant stranger into their home and watch the stranger bless, break, and pray over their meal. Then they realize that it’s Jesus! All is not lost! Jesus did what he said he was going to do! These men who were crushed and broken to pieces have been put back together, just like the famous nursery rhyme, Humpty Dumpty! They are made whole by the meal Jesus, the stranger-no-more, presided at; a clear allusion to the Sacrament of the Altar. They are made whole when Jesus unpacks for them the riches of the holy Scriptures. In fact, not only are they made whole, but their hearts were burning with joy because of Jesus showing them how the Bible points to him: His life, his death, his resurrection and how the predestined plan of salvation is being unfurled before their very eyes. In a word: Jesus makes all the difference in the world.

It is the season of Easter. It is the season of renewed hope. It is the season to be put back together by the “author of life” (Acts 3:15) and “pioneer and perfector of faith” (Hebrews 12:2). It is the season to receive again and again the divine life of Jesus that streams to us through the Scriptures and the Sacraments. It is the season where we are reminded again and again that Jesus makes all the difference in the world. May this Easter season be such a time for you.

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Chris Johnson

This week at Christ the King:
Tuesday, April 25th – 1 PM Ladies’ JOY Book Club
5:15 PM Lay School for Mission
6 PM Dartball Banquet at Rapid River Congregational Church
Wednesday, April 26th – 9 AM Quilting
9:30 AM Bible Study: Jeremiah 1-6
7 PM Bible Study
Thursday, April 27th – 10 AM Coffee Clutch w/ the Staff
11:30 AM Thursday Theology: Mere Christianity (Book 4, chapters 6 & 7)
Saturday, April 29th – 5 PM Worship w/ Holy Communion
Sunday, April 30th – 3rd Sunday of Easter
9 AM Faith Formation Classes – Confirmation and Sunday School
9:30 AM Coffee Fellowship Time
10:30 AM Worship w/ Holy Communion


Weekend Worship is at
5 p.m. on Saturdays
10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Communion is celebrated at every service and a staffed nursery is available during the 10:30 worship

Youth Faith Formation
(Sunday School)
Every Sunday from
9:00 – 10:15 am

Christ the King Lutheran Church
1230 N. 18th St.
Escanaba, Michigan
Phone: 906-786-7400