Message: ‘Joy & Hope Restored!’
Text: Luke 24:13-35
Introduction: PP: A five-year-old boy from Texas was told that the family was going to see the Grand Canyon. They described it as much bigger than downtown Dallas. He could hardly wait to see it. When they finally got there, they asked him how it measured up to his expectations. With a little frown, he said, PP:“I thought you said that it was a big cannon.”
When you’re hoping for the Grand Cannon, you can be let down even by something as spectacular as the Grand Canyon! (Our Daily Bread)
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And we wonder, how we’re going to move forward. Well, that where Jesus’ disciples were the day of His resurrection.
And they were left w/o joy or hope… so much so that they chose not to say in Jerusalem after Jesus death…
Transition: Open your Bibles to Luke 24:13.
1. Luke 24:13-27 ThroughGod’s Word
A. vss. 13-14 Setting the scene
PP: That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
OK, it’s Sunday, the day of Jesus’ resurrection. It’s after the women came to Jesus’ tomb and found it empty.
So… who are the two of themwho were heading to Emmaus?
They had left Jerusalem, heading to the town of Emmaus. Take note:
Yet, they still chose to leave Jerusalem.
Here’s my thought… Since they heard all of this… why did these two disciples still leave Jerusalem? The only reason I could come up with was this:
The crushing end to their grand expectations of Jesus and His kingdom, outweighed the news of the empty tomb and loss of Jesus’ body.
Perhaps they lived in Emmaus, perhaps they were just spending the night at a B&B in Emmaus as they returned to their homes in the morning. We don’t know. But here’s something I do know…
Finally, notice that Dr. Luke tells us that as they were traveling to Emmaus, they were discussing all these things that had taken place.
B. vss. 15-17 Jesus asks a question
PP: While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. And He said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.
Pastor/ theologian Charles Spurgeon said:
That’s exactly what we see in our text!
Now, the obvious question is Why didn’t they recognize Jesus? We’re not told. But notice this:
There seems to be only two options here: First, the Holy Spirit kept their eyes from recognizing Jesus.
The Apostle Paul has an opinion on this, and since it’s inspired by God, it’s His opinion as well: PP: So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
So, the Holy Spirit may have kept their eyes from recognizing Jesus.
Or second, gleaning from the text, perhaps it was because their doubt and hopelessness kept their eyes from recognizing Jesus.
So, the Holy Spirit or their emotional state, which closed their eyes? Perhaps… it was both! That’s my thought.
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Anyway, the two disciples of Jesus are heading out of Jerusalem on their way to Emmaus. And as they’re talking about Jesus, He just shows up…
When they finally see that someone is walking next to them, that someone asks them what they are talking about. The text tells us that stopped and looked sad. I would also add confused and full of doubt.
But there is hope. Notice that even in the midst of their despair, Jesus not only shows up…
Here, Jesus asks them what they’re talking about.
C. vss. 18-24 We had hoped…
PP: (2 slides) Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered Him, “Are You the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find His body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see.
So we now know, at least in part, what these two men were talking about. But notice what they said after they described who Jesus was and what had happened to Him.
PP: They said: We had hoped…
They once hoped; that Jesus was the Messiah, that He was God in the flesh, that He would set up His kingdom and make everything right
Here’s how I see it:
In other words, their hope, their expectations were in the wrong place.
I’m sure there are some here this morning who could say … I had hoped… And there would be any number of things, expectations, that have not been realized in your life, things that haven’t turned out as you thought or wanted. And like these two men, you’ve lost your joy & hope.
What we’ll see in verses 25-27 is that Jesus redirects their minds and hearts to the true source of our joy & hope… God’s Word!
D. vss.. 25-27 Jesus teaches
PP: And He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
I don’t believe for a moment that Jesus was angry when He said these words. And I don’t believe Jesus is angry with us when we have doubts… but He does want to change that.
How cool would it be to have a copy of Jesus’ sermon to these two guys, probably titled:
Folks, Jesus just doesn’t show up in the Gospels, we can see Him throughout the OT.
In John 5:39 Jesus affirms this very thing when He points people to the OT: You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me.
2. Luke 24:28-35 Throughfellowship w/Jesus
A. vss. 28-29 Jesus urged to stay
PP: So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if He were going farther, but they urged Him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So He went in to stay with them.
So catch this… Jesus is explaining how the OT speaks of the Messiah. He’s using Scripture to correct their false expectations about Jesus.
Things are starting to make sense…they’re starting to get excited about what they are hearing, the pieces are beginning to fit together… but they’ve reached Emmaus, it’s now dark,and they want to stop for the night… However, it seems Jesus wants to keep going.
I love this… they know something really great is happening, they’re not sure what it is, but they don’t want it to stop. So they beg Jesus to stop for the night and join them at their B&B. And… Jesus agrees!
Sidebar: The word here for stayin the Greek is the same word in John 15:4-5 for abide.
PP: Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
The 2 disciples, plead with Jesus to stay, to abide with them. At this moment they don’t know why, but they know they need to stay close to this man.
Jesus, in John 15 gives the sameimportance to abiding, to staying close to, in fellowship with, Jesus. Only in John 15 we’re told why.
And by application, even have our joy & hope restored!
But this text comes with an implied challenge:
B. vss. 30-31 Jesus revealed
PP: When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And He vanished from their sight.
The two disciples sit down to a meal with Jesus and everything changes for them…
I find it interesting that they recognized Jesus during a simple meal.
While this was not meant to be a reference to the Lord’s Supper, itcertainly is true
The challenge is to ask Jesus to abide with us and we choose, seek to abide in Him.
We don’t know how Jesus vanished nor do we need too. What we need to know is that His work with these two disciples was done…
We know that because of what comes next.
C. vss. 32-35 Burning hearts
PP: They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?” And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?
Theologian JC Ryle tells us that our hearts burn within us is a strong expression to indicate the warmth and delight of their feelings while they listened to our Lord’s exposition of Scripture. (Bruce Hurt)
Joy, hope restored by the Living Word, Scripture, the Bible.
Dear Christian, when you readGod’s Word, does your heart burn within you?
You see, an encounter with Jesus through His Word, warms our hearts, and sets our feet in motion to tell others of our resurrected Jesus. And that’s what happened to these two disciples. They were so on fire that they couldn’t wait till morning to return to Jerusalem.
When they returned to Jerusalem and to where the 11 and the others were gathered, they found out that Jesus had also revealed Himself to Peter…
The structure of the Greek here indicates that these two guys kept on telling people what happened to them on the road to Emmaus and in the B&B when Jesus broke bread with them.
In other words, because they were so excited, they couldn’t shut up about it.
The two disciples were back where they should have been in the first place… in Jerusalem, waiting with their brothers and sisters in Christ, for Jesus
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Beloved of God,
And He will come beside you.
Please, do not let Jesus pass you by.