Answers In Uncertain Times (Luke 24:13-35)
Part of the Emmaus Encounters - Answers in Uncertain Times series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Luke 24:13–35 (Listen)
13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some 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.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
EMMAUS ENCOUNTERS - ANSWERS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
Found on the Road to Nowhere - Right Road, Wrong Direction
October 4, 2020
*Have you ever made a choice and then later realized it was not best?
*Roads to nowhere always lead us away from His best!
*And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named
Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. vs. 13
*And He said to them, What are these words that you are exchanging
with one another as you are walking? vs. 17
*Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to one another, were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while he was explaining the scriptures to us. Vs. 31-32
I. Choices challenge everything - vs. 13-18
A. He always asks relevant questions
B. He knows our names and our needs
C. A personal choice to follow Jesus will always answer uncertainty
II. Challenge beyond their understanding - vs. 19-24
A. Awareness without any assurance
B. Living testimonies don’t always open our hearts
III. Jesus confronts their hearts - vs. 25-35
A. Taught lessons they would never forget
B. Demonstrated the value of fellowship
C. Jesus leaves indelible imprints on our hearts
Two key take aways:
1. Choices have consequences
2. Grace says Jesus meets us at the point of our greatest need
Are you on the right road?