Sunday, April 10, 2011

Luke 24:13-20 - Road to Emmaus

Scripture Luke 24:13-20

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma'us, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cle'opas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.


Jesus asked what are you talking about.
They stopped and were looking sad.
Why were they sad?
They had lost their faith.
They didn’t expect the Cross.
They didn’t expect it to happen that way.
They asked Him “Are you the only one who doesn’t know?”

Now what is the irony in that statement?
Jesus is the ONLY person who knew what had happened.
Jesus meets us where we are at.

We all have our own road to Emmaus in our life when we are dejected and we walk away from ‘Jerusalem’, away from the Upper Room. We are kind of despondent and we need Christ to turn us back in the right direction.

They say He was a prophet, mighty in deed.

Note, they didn’t say He was the Messiah. They didn’t say He was the Son of God. They say He was a prophet mighty in deed. A good teacher. So what we see has happened, is that they really lost their faith. He is not even the Messiah anymore. The scandal of the Cross has caused them to demote Him to being just a prophet and to be quite frank that is what the world wants us to think about Jesus. That He is one more prophet, just one more teacher. Just one more messianic claim who got caught under the wheel of history.

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