Summary: A 15-minute Exegesis on Luke 24:13-35
I love reading books. One of my favorite books is the dictionary!
I remember a story of a young man who told a girl that he has been courting, “You're like a dictionary? I find meaning whenever I’m with you.”
In Luke 24 beginning verse 13, we can find a story of two Christians who were in despair and confused as they try to make sense of what happened to Jesus Christ – three days after their Hero was arrested, severely beaten, crucified, killed and buried.
But their search for understanding only led to more confusion and hopelessness until Yeshua – the Word Himself literary walked with them and explained the Scriptures.
Let me offer three points as we study and reflect on these verses:
1. Jesus answers our search for meaning. 2. We must remember His words. 3. We need to share His words with others.
Let’s commit this time to Him in prayer. [Opening prayer]
I’ll be reading part of Luke’s ‘On the Road to Emmaus’ narrative:
13 “And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.”
Why did Jesus supernaturally withhold His identity from them?
Did He enjoy looking at their sad faces as they struggle to get some clear answers?
I don’t think so. Christ wanted them to understand the truth by explaining the essentials that they cannot see yet. The Savior of the world must die first as the ultimate atonement for sin so we can be reconciled with the Holy God.
Yhwh will reveal what our shortsightedness failed to see.
If you will read this account in its entirety, you will find that Jesus underscored the resurrection as the bedrock of the Christian faith. The resurrection supported Yeshua’s claim that He is the one true God who amazingly fulfilled ancient prophesies about the much-awaited Messiah. He lived among us to redeem the human race, sinners like you and I. His offer of salvation is still standing.
But how did Cleopas and his companion perceive Jesus to be? They were convinced that He is the Christ, a great prophet who was destined to free Israel from Roman rule.
What important truth is missing in Cleopas’ description of Jesus in verse 19?
He knew lots of things about the Christ. Sadly he missed the most important one: Jesus is God incarnate. He is more than a prophet. He is the Logos – the Word - the perfect God who created and holds the universe together.
Who is Jesus in your life?
Cleopas and his companion were discouraged and disappointed because their ‘superman’ died and worse somebody took His body! They don’t know what to believe anymore! The two disciples failed to remember or did not fully understand what the Son of God had been telling them all along that ‘He must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’