The Road to Emmaus appearance, based on Luke 2...

The Road to Emmaus appearance, based on Luke 24:13-32, painted by Joseph von Führich, 1830. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Resurrected Jesus- Our Hope

Luke 24

  1. His Burial
    1. His burial was watched by women
      1. Luke 23:50-56
    2. His grave was kept by guards
      1. Mat 27:62-66
  2. His resurrection- Luke 24:1-35
    1. Visitors to the tomb
      1. Verses 1-12
        1. V  1- They did not expect an empty tomb
          1. They had missed the point
          2. Why did the enemies of Jesus recall his resurrection predictions better than his own followers? Compare Matthew 27:62–64 and Luke 24:11.
        2. V 2-7- Evidence of a resurrection
          1. Stone rolled away – Let this sink in (2)
            1. Jesus did not need the stone moved. It was not for his benefit that it was rolled away but for the benefit of his followers.
          2. Body was gone (3)
          3. Angels spoke (5-6)
          4. Angels reminded (6)
            1. Remember what he said
            2. This is a collage of such passages as Luke 9:22 (“the Son of Man must … and on the third day”); 9:44 (“the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men”); and 18:32–33 (“he will rise again”)… Once again the divine necessity (“must be”) of Jesus’ death is stressed.
        3. V 8- And they remembered
        4. V 9-10- They told
        5. V 11-12- These verse demonstrates the early Christian’s were not gullible.
          1. They did not believe
          2. Peter went t investigate (John too)
    2. The Road to Emmaus
      1. Verses 13-16
        1. V 13– That very day
        2. V 14- They were talking
        3. V 15-16
          1. Jesus drew near– It is a comforting thought to me that Jesus draws near to us. These people were hurting. They were confused and he came to comfort. He came to teach.
      2. Verses 17-18
        1. They stood still, looking sad
          1. What a miserable picture. They had, to them, lost so much. Lost a friend. Lost a prophet. Lost a redeemer. They were like so many others- they were now, without hope. They were now lost, not knowing what to do.
          2. Even though Christ told the first century believers that he would die, they did not believe him. When he died it shook them. They were left searching for answers.
      3. Verses 19-24
        1. V 19-
          1. Prophet- true, but so much more
          2. We look at this story and that of the ladies who had to be reminded and we say “how could they have missed the point”? “How could they have missed his purpose”?
            1. Do we get it? Do we really get the point of him coming? We say we do. We get baptized and become Christian’s. We say “the point of his coming was to save souls”.
            2. Do we believe that? Do we act on that?
        2. V 21- “we had hoped”
          1. How sad are these words?
            1. Words that speak of a failed expectation
            2. A failed redeemer
            3. As we already mentioned, they were now left hopeless.
        3. V 22-24-women of our company amazed us
          1. What was their hang up? Why did they not believe the vision of the angels?
          2. They are still “sad”. They are still speaking of hope in the past tense.
      4. Verses 25-27
        1. Slow to… believe… what the prophets have spoken
        2. Was it not necessary
          1. What prophet of old ever escaped suffering and hardships?
        3. Beginning with Moses… all the prophets… things concerning himself
      5. Verses 28-31
        1. Why were there eyes allowed to be closed to him?
        2. Maybe God saw it necessary for them to see that this death, this resurrection was always a part of his plan.
        3. Maybe God knew that they would miss the message if he opened their eyes first
      6. Verses 32-35
        1. Before they had their eyes opened the scripture began to take shape- began to restore their hope, began to lift their expectations of a resurrected Jesus.
  3. The power of the resurrection
    1. I Cor 15:12-20, 54-58
      1. Points to consider
        1. If Christ is not raised, we are still in our sins (17)
        2. If our hope in Christ is in this life only, what hope is that? (19)
        3. “But in fact Christ has been raised”!!!! (20)
        4. This “fact” gives us
          1. Forgiveness of sins (17)
          2. Hope in another life (19)
          3. Victory over death (54, 57)
          4. A purpose (58)
            1. Because He is resurrected. Because we have victory through Jesus Christ… because of that, be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (58)
            2. Stedfast, unmovable. The former refers to their firm establishment in the faith; the latter to that establishment as related to assault from temptation or persecution
            3. Verse 58 is often quoted out of its context. Christians can be steadfast and immovable, because they know that if their worst enemy (death) has been overcome, they need fear no other enemy. They can abound in Christian service, for that work will count for eternity. Their labor is not in vain.
            4. Because there is hope, there is a purpose. Because there is victory, our work is not in vain.
            5. So let’s work! Abound in the work of the Lord!