Summary: The story of Jesus' encounter with two followers the first Easter on a road; the excitement they received from his teaching of the Word and the message they shared with the Apostles.

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Bob Marcaurelle: Easter Lk. 24:13-35

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“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?’” (Lk. 24:32)

Who are these two men, one named Cleopas, whom we do not know, and the other unnamed? Who are these who were depressed over Jesus’ death, who didn’t believe the reports that He had risen, who were irritated when Jesus (whom they didn’t recognize in His risen form), asked them what was wrong and who were scolded by Jesus for their unbelief and ignorance of Scripture?

Who were these who heard Him teach the Old Testament prophecies about a divine, crucified, risen Savior; and took Him into their home to learn more; who recognized Him when He sat at their dinner table and who, when He immediately vanished, ran the eight miles back to Jerusalem and shouted to the disciples that Jesus had been in their home?

Who were they? They were two members of Jesus’ church. They were not apostles and probably not preachers or church leaders. They were two the world calls “nobodies,” two laymen who went from depression and defeat to joy and victory because they had experienced Easter. They knew from this day on they did not follow a memory. They had more than rules for life that Jesus had left behind.

They knew their Savior was alive; that God had accepted Jesus’ sacrifice by raising Him; that their sins were paid for, the payment accepted and they were forgiven. They could sing, not just from the head, but from hearts set on fire, “We serve a risen Savior/He’s in the world today/We know that He is living/Whatever men may say!”

And did you notice what set their hearts on fire, what they remembered and treasured the most. It was not their experience of actually seeing the risen Christ. If we ever were allowed to see the face of Jesus or hear his voice, we would never stop talking about it. We might even judge the spiritual maturity of others by whether or not they have seen Jesus or heard Him like we have.

But, no, they didn’t lift up their experience, something that happened by the Sovereign choice of God, they lifted up what is available to every believer, finding God’s presence in the study of the Word of God. They said, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he. . .opened the Scriptures to us?” (Lk. 24:32).

Oh, friends, do you know what the best part of being a preacher is? It is to sit down on Monday morning without a clue as to what you are going to preach. Put yourself in my place - this week you have to make three speeches on three different subjects. Is that hard enough? And suppose the people you speak to are ones you have been making speeches to every week for 25 years.

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