It’s funny how a simple reset changes everything. When we shift our perspective, refocus our mind, or take time to pause and reconsider, our whole lives can turn upside down. That is what happened to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They had hoped that Jesus their Messiah “was the one to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:21). They were still expecting a rebellious uprising against Rome that never happened. Instead, their leader was crucified by Rome. Yet this mysterious stranger walking alongside them reframed their entire belief system: “Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” (Luke 24:26) The strange traveler offered them a reset, and it changed their lives.
Of course, this mysterious stranger was the risen Jesus Himself, and their reset was complete when they recognized Him over the breaking of bread. Jesus had redeemed Israel, just not in the way that anyone had expected. In fact, Jesus’ offer of redemption was not only for Israel, but for the whole world.
Jesus is offering you a reset too. It may not look like you had imagined it would either. Jesus’ invitation to reset might be to continue the practices you started during Lent. This reset may include a shift in your thinking, from one of self-centeredness to Kingdom-mindedness. Or your reset may be a simple offer to stay on the long road of discipleship, walking alongside Jesus in close companionship. Jesus' offer to reset is always open to you. Will you accept His invitation?