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Summary: Two disciples did not believe the "idle tales" about the resurrection until they met the risen Savior on the road!

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“And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not” (Luke 24:11)

I. Heart Aching, 13-24

II. Heart Awakening, 25-36

A. He Opened the Scriptures, 32

B. He Opened their Eyes

C. He Opened their Understanding

III. Heart Quaking, 37-48

A. He Relieves our Fears, 37-39

B. He Reinforces our Faith, 40-45

C. He Redirects our Focus, 46-48

“And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not” (Luke 24:11)

Idle because of their modern association with the Easter Bunny and other Pagan traditions.

Idle because of their unbelief.

Idle because many believe the story to be true but their faith for salvation is not in a Resurrected Christ but in ritual, religion or good works.

Three animals of the forest were arguing among themselves as to which was the most feared.

The hawk claimed that he was because of his ability to swoop down and attack his prey from the air. The lion insisted he was more feared because of his reputation for being the king of beasts. The third participant in the debate was a skunk who explained that he needed neither flight nor might to frighten off any creature.

As the trio argued the issue, along came a grizzly bear and swallowed them all

-hawk, lion, and stinker.

Now, you’re not about to swallow that story, are you? That’s good, because while a little child might, you’re smart enough to know the difference between fable and fact, aren’t you?

Lu 24:1 ¶ Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? {the living: or, him that liveth}

6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

8 And they remembered his words,

9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

A. Heartache, 13-24

13 ¶ And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.

14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.


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