“The Road of Revealing Truth”
Luke 24:13-35. Key word: “Enlightenment”
April 19, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA
Week 16: “Sojourning with King Jesus”
Introduction: Upon the journey of life God invites us to discover His presence and revealing truth. Jesus brought enlightenment and a realization about God’s redemption through His resurrection and revealing appearances. We are to seek the revealing word and presence of God daily.
A. Jesus enters into their conversation. (Luke 24:13-17).
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.
B. Jesus listens with patience (Luke 24:18-24)
18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does 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 they did not see Jesus.”
C. Jesus confronts their lack of faith with scripture (25-27)
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah 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.
D. Jesus reveals Himself personally (28-31)
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on 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.
E. The disciples believed and shared this experience with faith (32-35)
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.
Key Point: Jesus has revealed God the Father through His life and ministry. Jesus has accomplished the ministry His Heavenly Father sent Him to accomplish through His death and resurrection. This ministry was spoken of through the Old Testament prophets and was affirmed by Jesus as He continued to teach after His resurrection. The disciples learned that God prevails over our sin with grace, and that Jesus gives us the promise of hope that is revealed in His resurrection. Our hearts will burn within us as we discover, believe and commit ourselves to Jesus Christ, the One who walks with us to reveal the nature, presence, promise and purpose of God.
- Why did the disciples not recognize Jesus when He started walking alongside them? Why do people today not acknowledge Jesus?
- What does Jesus show us about being patient to listen? What was He able to determine in hearing their story?
- How does Jesus address them? What role does Scripture play?
- What led to Jesus being recognized by the 2 disciples?
- What role did the shared experience and witness of many disciples play in belief?