Too Good To Be True
"Life Was Just Beginning" (.41)
April 4. 2010
INTRODUCTION: The story of Jesus with the Emmaus Road disciples begins in Luke 24:13-53. In the text, we have the greatest Old Testament exposition of Scripture along with application that the true demands of Christianity are clearly evident. True Christianity demands a living encounter with its Author and Founder (Jesus Christ) and such an experience is gloriously possible because He is alive today.
Luke 24:15, "So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them."
It is always true that Jesus takes the INITATIVE. This is a beautiful picture of the day "God Came Near."
NOTE: "Jesus Himself" - emphatic, it was Jesus and not another.
Jesus, as He walks with these two, deals with almost every emotion of man. In v.19 there is a touch of humor as Jesus asked, "What things?". Now, Jesus had been at the heart of all that had happened in Jerusalem, and now He is asking them to tell Him what occurred.
An overview of this entire passage reveals how:
1. Minds Were Instructed
2. Hearts Were Warmed
3. Eyes Were Opened
The author of this passage, Dr. Luke, describes the Emmaus Road disciples' perplexities:
1. Faith Was Shaken. 18
The One they had placed their faith in had been crucified
and confirmed dead.
2. Hope Was Shattered. 19, 21
They were in hopes that the resurrection would occur, however, it was the 3rd day and to their understanding, nothing had happened.
3. Love Was Stifled.
The disciples loved Jesus. They had seen Him perform miracles, bless children, feed the multitude, raise the dead, but now He was gone.
It is in this context that Jesus makes Himself known.
Luke 24:30-31, "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 fro ...
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