The Road to Emmaus

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.
Luke 24:13

Where was Jesus? On the road

They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them
Luke 24:14-15

How did Jesus draw near? Walk & Talk

Luke 24:16

but they were kept from recognizing him.


Can you think of a time you couldn t find something that was right in front of you?

Why didn t they recognize Jesus?
Their observation didn¶t match their expectation

Luke 24:17 He

asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along? They stood still, their faces downcast.

How did Jesus start the conversation? He asked questions

Luke 24:18 One

of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days? "What things?" he asked.

Luke 24:19-20 "About

Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him

Luke 24:21-24

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. In
addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn't find

his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.

Then some of

our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."

How did the two disciples feel? Heartsick

He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
Luke 24:25-27

³A golden thread of Gospel grace runs through the web of the Old Testament«´

How did Jesus answer their questions? With the Word

As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 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.
Luke 24:28-30

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.

Luke 24:30-31

Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him

What were they doing when they recognized Jesus? Sharing a common meal

and he

from their sight.

³Christ is ordering it so that they might talk more freely with Him. He could teach them, and warm their hearts, by others, who should have His spiritual presence with them. The influence of His word did not depend upon his bodily presence.´ M. Henry

Why did Jesus disappear? His job was done

Luke 24:46-48

He told them, "This is what is written:

The Christ will suffer and

rise from the

dead on the third day, and repentance and

forgiveness of sins will be

preached in his name to all nations,
beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy

Spirit comes on you; and

you will be

my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in
all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

What was Jesus plan? We are His witnesses

Acts 8:26 Now

an angel of the Lord said to Philip, Go south to the road the desert road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.

Where was Philip? On the road

Acts 8:27-30a So

he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, Go to that chariot and stay near it. Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet.

How did Philip draw near? Walk & Talk

Acts 8:30b

Do you understand what you are reading? Philip asked.

How did Philip start the conversation? He asked questions

Acts 8:31

How can I, he said, unless someone explains it to me? So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

How did the Ethiopian man feel? Heartsick

Acts 8:32-34 The

eunuch was reading this passage of

Scripture: He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth. The eunuch asked Philip, Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?

Why didn t he recognize Jesus?
His observation didn¶t match his expectation

Acts 8:35 Then

Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

How did Philip answer his questions? With the Word

Acts 8:36-38 As

they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, Look, here is water. Why shouldn t I be baptized? Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. The eunuch answered, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

What were they doing when he recognized Jesus? Sharing a common ride

Acts 8:39 When

they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

Why did Philip disappear? His job was done

Acts 8:40 Philip,

however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

What was Philip s plan? He was Jesus¶ witness

Where should I go? On the road

How should I draw near? Walk & Talk

Why don t they recognize Jesus?
Their observation didn¶t match their expectation

How do my neighbors feel? Heartsick

How can I start the conversation? Ask questions

How should I answer their questions? With the Word

What must I do to help my neighbors recognize Jesus? Common things

Why haven t I disappeared? My job isn¶t done

What is my plan? To be His witness? To be His

The Road to Emmaus

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