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Summary: Lesson learned walking down Emmaus Road

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WHY WE NEED AN EMMAUS ROAD EXPERIENCE

Luke 24:13-35

Intro: The Emmaus Road. Not much is told in the Bible about this route of travel. We know it was threescore furlongs from Jerusalem or about seven miles. The town of Emmaus actually got its name from the hot springs that was there. In the spiritual meaning the word Emmaus means “an earnest longing.” Here we find two men walking in the evening from Jerusalem to Emmaus shortly after they have been told the Lord has risen. We know these men are disciples and one of them is named Cleopas. By reading the context of conversation you feel the downcast spirit in these two as you follow their conversation. But as they spoke they had a visitor that joined them along their way that would change their walk to Emmaus forever. I want to preach on, “WHY EVERYONE NEEDS AN EMMAUS ROAD EXPERIENCE.”

I. WE SEE THEIR WALK WAS FILLED WITH DOUBT

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

B. The word was out that Jesus had risen but it just seemed to be impossible

C. These men saw Jesus scourged and beat and spit on

D. They even saw him nailed to the cross and lifted into the air

E. Perhaps, the even heard him say, “It is finished.”

F. There was no way anyone could live through that

G. Doubt had clouded their mind as it does ours at times

H. And when things seem to be impossible we must remember God specializes in those things that seem to be to impossible

I. If Jesus says he will do something then you can count on it

J. He told all of his critics that he would rebuild the temple in three days and he did just that

K. While they did not understand what he was talking about his word was fulfilled in his resurrection\

II. WE FIND THEM DELIBERATING OVER THE TRUTH

A. (Luke 24:14) And they talked together of all these things which had happened

B. (Luke 24:15) And it came to pass, that, while they communed together, and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them

C. (Luke 24:16) But their eyes were holden that they should not know him

D. I believe sometime we dance around the truth with ourselves and become blinded to our own sins

E. I believe we try to justify why we are having troubles and trials but if we would just look at the truth and quit deliberating over it we would see the reason is really ourselves

F. They were so trying to come up with an explanation to Jesus resurrection they couldn’t even realize that it was him that joined then

III. WE FIND THEM DELAYING TO ANSWER THE QUESTION OF JESUS

A. (Luke 24:17) In short Jesus straight out ask them what they were talking about that made them so sad

B. Cleopas did not answer him immediately but could not believe he had not heard about the things that had happened over the past days

C. Jesus replied “What thing?”

D. Don’t think that everyone knows your sorrow and should be sulking with you

E. Don’t think you should do around sharing them with everyone

F. I know people who are literally miserable if people are not feeling sorry for them

IV. WE FIND THEM DISCOURAGED WITH JESUS


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