The Risen Christ, Our Hope
INTRODUCTION: The opening words of v.13 links this story with the entire Easter event. ‘‘That same day’’ ties the story to Jesus’ death and resurrection (the third day) .21. The story of Jesus’ appearance on the road to Emmaus is the first of three resurrection appearances reported in Luke and is unique to his Gospel.
After Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the dead three days later, He spent forty days between His resurrection and the ascension back to heaven. One of the remarkable characteristics of those forty days is that it was possible for Jesus to be with His disciples and they not know who He was, until He desired to make Himself known. Here we see Him walking with them, and they did not know Him.
There is no story of the post-resurrection period more full of fascination to us than this. G. Campbell Morgan said that ‘‘if any one can read this story and not believe that there is even in that resurrection life the manifestation of the humor of God, I do not understand that person.’’ He, the risen Lord, the Lord of life and glory, having triumphed over death and sin, joined these two desolate travelers who are thinking of Him as dead.
The Apostle Paul reminded us of the lack of hope is that Christ is not risen.
1 Cor. 15:12-19, ‘‘Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up-if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this li ...
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