Luke 24: 13-32Written by kathleen on Oct 12, 2014 in - No Comments
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him. 17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast.
On this Sunday, these two disciples were traveling to Emmaus from Jerusalem which would be just a little over six miles. As they walked together they spoke of the all of the things which had happened, regarding the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus
They were discussing how disappointed they were. How that their hopes for the kingdom had been shattered so much so that they were blinded by unbelief
So many people are bound in unbelief and are blind to the spiritual realities that exist around us. They don’t see the hand of God in nature or in the circumstances or the events of their life. They seem to be totally blind to these things. The eyes of unbelief have such a blinding effect upon people. Where as faith opens up your eyes.
This is why the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
As these two travelers are talking about Jesus, guess who shows up! It’s so awesome talking with brothers or sisters about the Lord because something more than just an intellectual exchange transpires. (His Holy Spirit bears witness with the Holy Spirit within us!)
These two didn’t have any special information, they were just talking about Jesus and He joined them.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast.
18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?
Jesus knew both what they already knew (that they were sad) and what they did not yet know (that they had no reason to be sad).
Jesus probably smiled when they said this. He knew very well what had happened there in Jerusalem I love how Jesus answered 19 (a) And he said unto them, What things?
In saying this, Jesus was encouraging the men to reveal their hearts concerning the events that had transpired in Jerusalem.
The same way Jesus would say to you today, “Talk to Me about that trouble at work, about that feeling in your heart. I already know all about it, but I want to hear it from you.”
When you talk things over with the Lord and share the situation with Him, suddenly you’ll begin to see things differently. Here I thought I had this reason to be upset; but as I talk to the Lord about it my own words begin to convict me. 19 (b) About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning. 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”
Not only mighty in deed but mighty in word and today we still are amazed at the teachings of Jesus.
When you read of the life of Jesus, the miracles that He performed, the opening of the blind eyes, making the lame to walk, cleansing the leper, raising the dead, no man in the history of the world has done these kind of deeds that Jesus did, healing all manner of sicknesses.
His words have influenced more people towards a good life than any other person in history. His words have had more influence in our western civilization than any other man. He & His words have had more influence on world history than any other person.
No one even comes close to Jesus as far as impact upon the world and the history of the world.
Even as you look at the world today – here we are this morning being influenced by the words of Jesus with a hope of eternal life – Because of the words of Jesus we are transformed from a life of darkness, a life that’s governed by sin to a life of righteousness, that is now seeking after the Lord and the things of the Lord with a desire of Living a life of honesty, purity, righteousness, knowing that that’s what our Lord desires.
Rather than believing, these two are amazed as they’re on the road again back to Emmaus and find themselves convicted by their own words as they explained what they did know about Jesus.
- They knew His name and where He was from. 2. They knew He was a Prophet. 3. They knew He was mighty in word and deed. 4. They knew He was crucified. 5. They knew He promised to redeem Israel. 6. They knew others had said He rose from the dead. 7. They knew it was now the 3rd day.
As they are talking, they are giving all sorts of reasons why they shouldn’t have been sad, and shouldn’t have been weak in their faith.
You can hear Jesus telling them “Don’t you see it, guys? The apostles went to the tomb and it was empty. The women had a message from the angels. All of these things are happening. You should be excited and full of expectation Instead, you’re sad, depressed, and slow of heart.
The word from the angel, the witness of the apostles, and the emptiness of the tomb should have stimulated their hope and interest in the promise of the coming kingdom. Instead, they’re just trudging along to Emmaus having a pity party. No wonder Jesus lovingly but pointedly called them fools.
Psalm 14 & 53 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” besides atheist or agnostic approach (not believing what God says)
The report of the women meant little to them, and the report of Peter and John who had seen the grave clothes meant little – because they did not see Him the only thing these disciples had to go on was the testimony of others, and they were slow to believe..
Jesus wanted to know from them what He wants to know from us! Can we believe without seeing with our own eyes? Can we believe based on the reliable eyewitness testimony of other people? Like those in the Bible!
1 Peter 1: 8-9 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory? We often think the main obstacles to belief are in our head, but they are actually in our heart.
Rom 10:10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
BELIEVE = to have confidence or faith and be engaged in a given action
Their problem was that they believed only part of what the prophets had spoken. They had missed the entire point. They were expecting God to deliver Israel from suffering. But instead, Jesus came to deliver Israel through suffering.
Matt 16:21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
In his book Science Speaks, Dr. Stoner looks at the probability that one man, Jesus Christ, could have fulfilled even 8 of the 300 prophecies that pertain to Him in the Bible the probability of one man fulfilling all eight applying the principal of probability is multiplying all eight probabilities together and for simplicity sake = 1 x 1028
Suppose that we take that amount of silver dollars and lay them on the state of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far s he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one?
Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, using their own wisdom.
Suppose we add eight more prophecies to our list, and assume that their chance of fulfillment is the same as the eight just considered. The chance that one man would fulfill all sixteen is 1 x 1028 x 1017 or 1 in 1045.
Applying the same principle of probability used so far, we find the chance that any one man fulfilled forty-eight prophecies to be 1 in 10157 and that’s just about 1/6 of the prophesies that came true!
Any man who rejects Christ as the Son of God is rejecting a fact proved perhaps more absolutely than any other fact in the world.
27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained (expounded) to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
John 5:39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,
The idea of expounding is to simply let the text speak for itself so He told them that the Messiah was:
The Seed of the Woman, whose heel was bruised.
The blessing of Abraham to all nations.
The High Priest after the order of Melchizedek.
The Man who wrestled with Jacob. The Lion of the tribe of Judah.
The voice from the burning bush.
The Passover Lamb.
The Prophet greater than Moses.
The captain of the Lord’s army to Joshua.
The ultimate Kinsman-Redeemer mentioned in Ruth.
The son of David who was a King greater than David.
The suffering Savior of Psalms 22:1-31
The Good Shepherd of Psalms 23:1-6.
The wisdom of Proverbs and the Lover of the Song of Solomon.
The Savior described in the prophets
The suffering Servant of Isaiah 53:1-12.
The Princely Messiah of Daniel who would establish a kingdom that would never end.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther.
29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
These men must have been amazed at Jesus’ ability to teach and understand the Scriptures – even though they did not know who He was! Jesus acted as if He might continue on farther, but did not want to force His company on these disciples. But they constrained (urged) Him; shows that even though they didn’t know this was Jesus they knew they wanted to spend as much time as they could with this man.
Jesus will never push his way into your situation. He’ll walk with you, but won’t force Himself on you. He’ll stay with you as long as you want Him to, He’ll go with you as far as you want Him to—but He won’t break in and make you listen to Him, learn of Him, or be with Him.
Not only were the travelers won by the word but they were one with the word because of the word! They were no longer slow of heart; rather they are on fire in their hearts simply through hearing the word. So, too, we have one heart when we’re in the Word together, listening to the Lord together. Being with the Lord together, one!
What was it that showed them it was Jesus? Perhaps as He took the bread and blessed it, maybe they were reminded of there at the sea of Galilee when He took the bread and blessed it and gave it to the five thousand. Maybe there was a similarity that suddenly they realized, Maybe it was that they saw the nail prints in His hands as He broke the bread. Whatever it was, suddenly whatever the reason, it was only because their eyes were no longer restrained as they were before. Something only God can do!
Jesus can be right in front of you, walking with you and sitting down with you at every meal – and your eyes can be restrained from seeing Him. Therefore We should pray that God would open our eyes to see Jesus as He is, — as being with us all the time.
32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” You see, the problem with them is that the fire had gone out.
2 Tim 1:6-11 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
Why do people let their fire for Christ go out? I’m convinced it’s because of fear and complacency
“If I share about Jesus —people might think I’m weird!” I Just don’t feel like sharing about Jesus at my school or at my job—I might have to give something up! “If I lay hands on that sick person and pray and he’s not healed—People will think I’m a failure.”
My experience, however, has shown the opposite to be true. For example, in praying for healing, I’ve seen people healed immediately; I’ve seen people healed later on; I’ve seen people get sicker; I’ve seen people die. But never once in the multiplied hundreds of times that I’ve prayed for Christians and non-Christians alike have I ever heard someone say, “I’m angry that you prayed for me.”
People always say, “Thank you”