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Summary: Encountering Jesus on the Emmaus Road – Luke chapter 24 verses 13-31 – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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(1). Broken Hearts (vs 13-14)

(2). Blinkered Hearts (vs 15-26)

(3). Briefed Hearts (vs 27)

(4). Burning Hearts (vs 28-32)

(5). Boasting Hearts (vs 33-35)



• DVD Clip:

• Or Story:

• On January 12, 2007 at 7:51am in the morning;

• An experiment began … sponsored by the Washington Post newspaper.

• A musician takes his position against a wall in the metro station;

• Of the Washington DC., subway.

• He is wearing jeans; a long-sleeved shirt, and a baseball cap.

• He opens his violin case … removes the instrument;

• Throws a few dollars into the case from his pocket as “seed money” … and begins playing.

• He plays for the next 43 minutes … and during that time

• He performs six classical pieces – flawlessly!

• During that 43 minutes;

• 1,097 people passed by, tossing in a total of $32.17 into his violin case.

• Of that 1,097 people;

• Only seven paused longer than sixty seconds to listen to this performance;

• Of those seven who lingered … only one recognized the violinist!

The name of the violinist was Joshua Bell:

• Three days prior – he had filled Boston’s Symphony Hall;

• Where just “adequate” tickets sold for $100 apiece.

• Joshua Bell’s talents & artistry commands an average of $1,000 per minute;

• Yet, when performing this day in the subway;

• He barely earned enough to pay for a pair of cheap shoes.


• You can’t fault the instrument;

• He was playing a Stradivarius worth 3.5 million dollars!

• You can’t fault the performance …

• He flawlessly played some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s best work!

• Yet … scarcely anyone noticed the presence of such artistry in this context:

• Flanked by a kiosk on one side and a shoe-shine stand on the other

• Most of those passer-by’s cynically wrote off this entertainer;

• Little did they know that among them was a genius;

• And if they gave him some time he would greatly enrich their lives!

• TRANSITION: Joshua Bell is not the only one to go unrecognized;

• 2,000 years ago on that first Easter Sunday Jesus too went unrecognized.

• We are going to look at two people walking along the road to Emmaus;

• And like the busy commuters on the Washington DC., subway.

• These two people had no idea of the identity of the one they would soon encounter!

(1). Broken Hearts (vs 13-14):

“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.”

• Some of the saddest words in our language begin with the letter D?

• For example:

• Disappointment, doubt, disillusionment, defeat, discouragement,

• Despondency, depression, despair and death.

• Disappointment, doubt, disillusionment, defeat, discouragement, despair and death;

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