Summary: Part 3 of the 40 Days with the Lord Series. In this sermon we will examine Jesus’ appearing to the 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus.
40 Days with the Lord
Part 3 – Abide with Us
Rev. Bruce A. Shields
First Baptist Church of Tawas City Michigan
I will catch you up with where we began a couple weeks ago.
It is Sunday morning, and the women who came with Jesus from Galilee had prepared spices for Jesus’ corpse. When they arrived at the tomb, they saw Jesus’ body was gone.
Angels told them that He had risen. In disbelief they went and told the disciples.
Some of them came back to the tomb and discovered that Jesus was missing.
The disciple John believed when he saw the empty tomb.
They all left the scene except for Mary Magdalene.
As she wept outside the tomb, still not believing Jesus was alive, He appeared to her.
He told her not to touch Him yet because He had not yet ascended and received His resurrected body. He then told her to tell the others that He was returning to our Father and God in heaven.
She returned to the disciples, yet was met once again with disbelief.
Luke 24:13 – 35 on the Road to Emmaus
“13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.
14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.
15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;
16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?"
They stood still, their faces downcast.
18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?"
19 "What things?" he asked.
"About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.
20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;
21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.
22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning
23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.
24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."
25 He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?"
27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther.
29 But they urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.
31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together
34 and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon."
35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.”
PRAYER FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT & UNDERSTANDING
Two Disciples on the road to Emmaus
One of these two men we are told was Cleopas, but we are not told who the other one was.
Many ancient scholars believe it was Luke himself, and he that he was also one of the seventy, and the reason he did not mention himself was that he was the writer of this account.
Emmaus was a seven mile journey from Jerusalem.
We read in verse 14 that the two of them discussed all these things which had happened.
What had just happened over the past few days?
The crucifixion, and as well the testimonies of the women concerning the appearance of Angels, yes there was a lot to talk about.
The King James Version says in verse 15, “While they communed together and reasoned…”