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Summary: Jesus encouraged the disciples who were on the road to Emmaus. Let’s learn from how he encouraged them.

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Lk 24:13-35 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles out of Jerusalem.

As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened.

1) Walking away

a) That same day . . . what happened that day?

Lk 24:9-12 So they rushed back to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. The women who went to the tomb were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several others. They told the apostles what had happened,

b) When we are down, we stay away

c) Spiral. John Keats “disappointment is the parent of despair

d) That is just the time when we need to draw near to God

Suddenly, Jesus himself came along and joined them and began walking beside them.

But they didn’t know who he was, because they were kept from recognizing him.

“ You seem to be in a deep discussion about something, ” he said. “ What are you so concerned about? ” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces.

2) Dragged each other down

a) Soort soek soort

b) Positive people attract positive people and negative people attract negative people.

3) Jesus HIMSELF

a) He is here

b) We need to change the way we come to church

c) He came to his own but his own received him not

4) When we are negative, God shows up

5) They tell Jesus the facts (what planet are you from)

Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

“ What things? ” Jesus asked. “The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did wonderful miracles. He was a mighty teacher, highly regarded by both God and all the people.

But our leading priests and other religious leaders arrested him and handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him.

We had thought he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. That all happened three days ago.

Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report.

They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive!

Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, Jesus’ body was gone, just as the women had said.”

6) We get disappointed when God doesn’t fit our theology

a) We have it all worked out but then God doesn’t work according to our plans or our theology

b) Two paraplegics were in the news recently. One was Kenneth Wright, a high school football star and later, an avid wrestler, boxer, hunter, and skin diver. A broken neck sustained in a wrestling match in 1979 left him paralyzed from the chest down. He underwent therapy, and his doctors were hopeful that one day he would be able to walk with the help of braces and crutches. But, apparently, the former athlete could not reconcile himself to his physical disability. He prevailed upon two of his best friends to take him in his wheelchair to a wooded area, where they left him alone with a twelve-gauge shotgun. After they left, he held the shotgun to his abdomen and pulled the trigger. Kenneth Wright, twenty-four, committed suicide. The second paraplegic in the news was Jim McGowan. Thirty years ago, at the age of nineteen, Jim was stabbed and left paralyzed from the middle of his chest down. He is now confined to a wheelchair. But he made the news recently when he made a successful parachute jump, landing on his target in the middle of Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos. Newspeople learned a number of things about Jim. He lives alone, cooks his meals, washes his clothes, and cleans his house. He drives himself in his specially equipped automobile. He has written three books, and he did the photography for our country’s first book on the history of wheelchair sports. Two men with handicaps: one chose life and the other one didn’t. As Robert Frost wrote: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I took the one less traveled by--and that has made all the difference."


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