And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and said unto them, Peace be unto you. (Luke 24:36)
Later in that first Easter morning, after the visit to the empty tomb of Jesus by Peter, John and the women, two other disciples made their way sadly toward an obscure village called Emmaus. Its name is built upon a Greek word, which means middle or halfway in point of time, perhaps suggesting the halfway point between Jerusalem and their destination. You and I, somewhere in the middle of our walk with the risen Lord, may draw much comfort from their experience.
The familiar and much loved hymn, “Abide With Me,” [Henry F. Lyte, 1847], obviously was inspired by this post-resurrection appearance of our crucified Lord. Each stanza is like a chapter in the story:
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