Sermon on Luke 24:13-35, 3rd Sunday of Easter 2020, "Emmaus Road"
- Since Cleopas and the other Emmaus disciple were not among the twelve, who might they have been? Luke 10:1.
- What purpose(s) did Jesus have for joining them on this walk, and keeping His identity hidden from them (at first)? As they told Him about the events, what were the gaps in their knowledge? What was insufficient about how they understood Jesus so far? Cf. Matthew 16:16; Isaiah 49:6; 1 John 2:2. What do their remarks indicate about the public nature of the events of Good Friday, and the extent to which news about it had already gone out? Cf. Acts 26:26 and 1:3.
- True faith needs a reliable and solid object to trust in--not a rumor or legend, but the truly Risen Lord Jesus. How does faith walk between the two opposite “ditches” of absolute skepticism (I won’t believe anything unless I see it for myself) and a blind gullibility (I will believe anything, even without any evidence for it)? What evidence did Jesus provide that He was not a ghost, and was the same Risen Lord that they had known before? Luke 24, John 20.
- Jesus taught the Emmaus disciples that the prophets taught the Messiah must suffer. Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, and Zechariah 11-12 are perhaps the most obvious passages that teach this, but Jesus walked them from “Moses and all the prophets...interpret[ing] to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27). THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY VITAL VERSE: It shows that Christ is the center and message of all the Bible!!! What was the impact on the disciples, having Jesus open the Scriptures to them in this new way? Luke 24:32, 44-45. What happens when we read the Scriptures, with or without Christ as the KEY to understanding? 2 Corinthians 3:14-18.
- The two disciples’ invitation to Jesus brings them into their home for a meal. What was it (do you think) about this moment, that revealed to them who Jesus was? Why did they later reflect that “He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread?” (Luke 24:35). What could God be teaching us through this?
- What does Jesus bring to us in the Lord’s Supper, in terms of spiritual benefits, and also what is physically taking place? 1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-32. What does this tell us about taking it properly (for our benefit) or warnings about taking it for our harm? How should we properly prepare?
- Luke 24:13-35 emphasizes Jesus at the center of God’s Word and also the Sacrament (the Lord’s Supper). How are those twin foci the heart of Christian worship, dating back to the earliest days of the church? Acts 2:42-47.