The road to Emmaus
Sunday 18th April 2021
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 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.”
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.
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. 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.
- Camp Jonathan experience.
- Relationships along the way.
- In the most challenging moment of their lives having lost their Lord, they are comforted by Jesus without knowing that it was Him.
- What are you talking about ? Jesus enters into their narrative and dialogues with them.Narrative and conversation are so critical !!! He meets them in there time of pain and listens then responds !!!
- The story of meeting with Natalie
- What does the whole story mean to us today and how do we see Jesus in the story. Imagine if he was telling us the bible story knowing that He was there from the beginning, how would we listen to the story ?
- “Stay with us” Jesus is always shown as someone who you want to have more of than less.
- The breaking of bread and the power of a meal – hospitality still creates a warm conversational space.
- When he broke the bread their eyse were opened as to who He was.
- Their hearts burning with a Spiritual touch from the Lord. The encounter is not just knowledge but also Spiritual transformation. Our lives have to be changed spiritually by having an encounter with the Lord.
- The dust road at Camp Jonathan where we sang – the trees of the field will clap their hands.
- How is your walk with the Lord going to enable you to change the lives of others.
- Where has Jesus met you in your time of hurt/loss/pain etc…?