Sunday Sermon Luke 24:13-35
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He has Risen! He has Risen indeed!
Good morning and Happy Resurrection Sunday!
We are glad that you are with us this morning to worship God in Spirit and in Truth, one verse at a time, one book at a time.
Today, we are going to visit Dr. Luke and take a look at the Road to Emmaus one of the most amazing stories in the Bible.
A story of disappointment, but yet one of Faith, Hope, and Love church.
But the greatest of these is Love.
But before we dive into our text at hand, I wanted to give you some background to where we are headed.
Lord Heavenly Father, You loved this world so much, that you gave your one and only Son, so that we might be called your children, the righteousness of God In Christ Jesus and live with you in eternity. May today we realize a new what Your death and resurrection means for us us individually and collectively as the Body of Christ. Help us to fully understand that forgiveness and freedom were not cheap and that it was our sins that put your Son on the cross.
Let us have eyes that look upon your grace and rejoice in our salvation. Help us Lord to walk in that mighty grace and tell your good news to all the world.
We pray this in Jesus Name, we love You! Amen
The story takes place that Jesus shows up at the house of Simon the leaper and shortly after Mary the sister of Martha shows up with an alabaster flask of costly fragrant oil and anoints Jesus head and feet for burial...
Jesus is well pleased with Mary and shares with his penny pinching disciples that wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what Mary did will also be told as a memorial to her.
So we see Mary make history and what is interesting is that she did not know the day or hour that the Son of man would be crucified.
While this was happening, the religious leaders along with Rome, where plotting to kill Jesus, while Jesus is planning to have the passover meal with his disciples.
Jesus washes the feet, The Last Supper happens, communion is instituted, and Jesus is betrayed church by Judas to the religious leaders and turned over to Pontius Pilate to be crucified.
But before the crucifixion and trail came the whipping that tore the flesh off his back, the beating that was unbearable, the mocking and spit of the soldiers and crowd that we deserved and not our King.
You know the sad thing is that many who witnessed the miracles of Jesus Christ, were the same ones that yelled, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him!”
He was handed the old rugged cross and carried it to Calvary church, but there came a time when he was exhausted from the tearing of his flesh and the beating, that Simon the Cyrenian helped him.
When Jesus made it to the hill of Calvary outside the city, they drove nails into his hands and feet, drove a crown of thorns on his head, and placed him next to two criminals on the cross. Above his head they placed a sign that said, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews!”
This was on Friday and from the sixth hour to the ninth hour there was darkness on the land, this means that the sun was darkened church...
The ninth hour Jesus cries out, “My God, My God why have your forsaken me!”
And then he gave up his Spirit, the veil was torn from top to bottom, graves were opened and saint resurrected that went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb, rested in the grave on the Sabbath, and was resurrected on Sunday, the day that we now worship and we pick up here in Luke.
Read Luke 24:13-35
Read Luke 24:13-35
Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.
As we take a look at this text we are going to discover three things church:
A sorrowful walk
A scriptural talk
And a satisfied flock
Two of them, most scholars agree that these were disciples of Jesus, not just two people that knew little about the Messiah, but two that knew him much.
It is clear that one of these disciples was Cleopas as we will learn shortly, but the other is unknown.
So it is Sunday and they are walking back having a conversation about Jesus.
What a blessed time it is when we have conversations about Jesus with our brothers and sisters about Jesus!
I wonder what they were saying church and what the Lord thought? I wonder if they said, well he lied to us, he said he was coming back, but did not return? Someone must of stolen his body? There is no way, Jose! We wanted a conqueroring King and he came as a suffering Servant???
Emmaus was about seven miles form Jerusalem as the text says, but the exact location is somewhat unknown.
Here is a map that show approximately where it was at...
So these two disciples are walking and talking and it is clear that they are disappointed, discouraged, depressed, and in despair.
They talked about everything that had happened that week in relation to Jesus.
I think it is important for us to realize that there are times in life that we are going to be disappointed and even feel betrayed, not everything in life is going to go our way.
We will be hurt and let down, but guess what, in the midst of or disappointment, in the midst or our discouragement, depression, and despair Jesus will show up!
But the question is,”Will we acknowledge him?”
So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.
Did you see that? In the midst of their suffering, the Suffering Servant arrives and I think we can say that God’s timing is always perfect and right on time.
But we should also recognize that he timing and our timing is not the same much of the time.
While the disciples were walking, they were discussing the things that had happened to Jesus Christ. At that very moment Jesus Himself approached them and began traveling with them. This was not unusual. Strangers often walked along together. In a seven mile walk at 20 minutes per mile, it would be about a 2-2 1⁄2 hour walk. That is a lot of time for a lot of conversation.
But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
This is very important for us to see the But here!
When the text says But their eyes were restrained, this is written in the passive tense int he Greek and not the active.
It means that the had nothing to do with their eyes being restrained, but that it was God who was restraining their eyes.
For it is God church who gives sight to the blind!
This mean that they could not see his nailed scarred hands and feet, nor where the crown of thorns was....
These men are going to learn a truth that is greater than their sight.
Whenever I teach on sight, I am always reminded about what Helen Keller said when she was asked was there anything worse than being blind? And she responded,
“ Having sight and not being able to see!”
And we see that here in our story today!
Why were their eyes restrained? It is simple, Because Jesus had a lesson to teach them on faith!
Note: Jesus show up! And he shows up when they are sad!
Jesus shows up shortly after his resurrection in the midst of their disappointment and sadness church.
Isn’t this a profound truth!
God always shows up at the right time and place, when we are discouraged, depressed, despairing and sad.
He loves us so, so, much church that he send a messenger of redemption into the midst of our pain.
But there is another truth here, Jesus shows up in the midst of their conversation....
And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
What if God showed up in the middle of or conversations and asked what we are talking about? Would the tone of the conversation change?
It is crucial church that we remember that God is always listening to our conversations because there is nothing hidden from His sight.
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
So these disciples are sad and defeated. They are sad because they were convinced that Jesus did not rise.
Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
Church, this is one of the most ironic statements in all the Word.
Jesus was not a stranger to them, but because their eyes were retrained by God, they thought he was...
Look at the next text, Jesus humors them:
And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
Jesus said, What things!
Then look at where Cleopas goes, he articulates right theology from his head about what happened to Jesus but failed to believe the witnesses that God sent to tell them that he was Risen!!!
These were Jews and they knew their Bibles which would be the Pentateuch, Moses and the Prophets, but like many, they failed to Jesus in the OT, therefore, expected a conqueroring King, not a suffering Servant.
Look a Cleopas’ sermon:
And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”
Did you see that they were hoping that he was going to redeem Israel.
I think it is important for us to see three thing here:
They obviously did not believe what Jesus told them ...
They did not believe the women that said he was Risen.
Nor did they believe Peter and John who raced to the tomb...
Nor did they believe the angels that spoke to the women that Jesus arose from the grave!!!
They had unbelief!!!!
They knew the story, church, but not the Messiah of the story...
The proof that Jesus had Risen was there, but they refused to believe!!!
Then Look at what the King of Kings says next:
Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life church.
Here we see Him give the Truth!
They were slow of heart to believe!
Slow- slow (dull) adjs. — slow to learn, understand, or react; lacking intellectual acuity.
They knew the WORD, but they did believe the Word!
So guess what Jesus does?
He gives them a 2 hour Bible Study and not only does he give them a Bible study, but he expounded all the Scriptures form Moses to the Prophets concerning himself.
Expound- diermēneuō (dee-er-main-yoo'-o)-to unfold the meaning of what is said, explain, to interpret.
If it was Jesus job to expound the Scriptures church to his disciples, then it is the duty of every pastor to do the same!
This is what we do at FCC week after week church, we expound the Biblical text so we can understand what the Word is saying.
But why did he do this? Why did he teach them the Scriptures?
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Remember, they needed to learn a lesson of faith!!! So Jesus, who did not have scroll under his arm, but was the living Word gave them a Bible study that I wish I could have been at.
That teaching would undoubtedly have included such things as the Protoevangelium (Gen. 3:15); Abel’s and Noah’s sacrifices; the ark, which pictures Him as the true ark into which sinners enter and sail safely through the waters of divine judgment; the ram offered as a substitute in place of Isaac (Gen. 22:13); the Passover lambs, which pictured Him as the final sacrifice (Ex. 12; cf. 1 Cor. 5:7); the manna (Ex. 16), which pictured Him as the true bread from heaven (John 6:32–35); the five main offerings in Leviticus (burnt, grain, peace, sin, and trespass), of which He is the fulfillment; the Day of Atonement, where He is pictured by both the sacrifice on the altar and the scapegoat that bore away sin; the rocks that provided water in the wilderness (Ex. 17; Num. 20), which pictured Him as the source of spiritual provision for His people (1 Cor. 10:4); the prophet of whom Moses wrote (Deut. 18:18–22; cf. Acts 3:22), who was the Messiah; the one hanged on a tree, cursed by God and taken down before sunset (Deut. 21:22–23), and hated without a cause (Ps. 69:4)
Because the NT was not yet written, Jesus showed them the Biblical text that pointed to himself from Genesis to Malachi...
So they OT is for the church today, because we can see Jesus and the Gospel in all 66 books of the Bible form Genesis to Revelation.
The whole Bible is Christ centered church, therefore it takes the whole Bible to make a whole Christian!
How many of you would have walked seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus for a Bible Study?
Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
They had no idea who this man was and it was a long Bible study.
It is clear that he made an impact on their lives because they became hospitable.
There are three things to acknowledge here:
This was unsafe
They knew that he loved Scriptures!
Though the study was long, God must have spoken to their hearts, because if it was a bad study, they would have sent Him on his way.
Church, the word teaches us that we are called to be hospitable to strangers.
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
YOU NEVER KNOW!!!
Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
It was common in this culture that the guest of honor would pray.
Often when people pray, they pray prayers that are the same because they are correct prayers, beautiful prayers from the heart.
When Jesus started to pray, I am guessing that both there disciples were thinking to themselves I have heard this prayer before and there is only one person who prayed like this and it was Jesus!
Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
Church, they once was blind, but now they see!
It is Jesus and he vanishes!!!
Jesus shows up and then he is gone!!!
Again, this text is written in the passive tense, which mean they had nothing to do with opening their eyes, it was the Lord that opened them!
Passive means that God acted upon them...
Because they have seen Jesus rightly with their hearts, God allows them to see Jesus rightly with their eyes.
When we see Jesus rightly church, it is a credit to God and not ourselves...
And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
The two men who meet the resurrected King, resurrects them and they end up with heart burn.
Who gave them heart burn? It was the Lord who gave them heart burn church because once again this is in the passive voice.
Their stomach was on fire that no Tums could quench.
They had met their Resurrected King and they bent their knew to his Lordship.
Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.
In closing, I would like to share that many come to church week after week and they get heart burn and do not know why???
Church, when our hearts are burning, it is the Holy Spirit that is speaking to us and letting us know what had been taught is faithful and true and that we need to act on the what was taught!
Some leave the church, with heart burn and they do nothing about it.
Let this not be you.
They had heart burn church and immediately started telling everyone that He has Risen.
When you see Jesus rightly in your head and heart you have to tell someone!
When was the last time you shared He has Risen? Where do we need resurrection in our lives?
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
THE LORD BLESS YOU!
YOUR MISSION STARTS NOW!