Easter – Tale of two roads
As we start we must ask “Why did Jesus make this journey with these two individuals?”
- Surely there were other more important disciples!
- There must be a better way to spend half of a day.
- We never hear of these two before or after this event.
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Did you hear the hopelessness that was in these disciples?
- He was a prophet.
- He was mighty in deeds and words.
- He was crucified.
- We had hoped he was the Messiah…
- He was going to redeem Israel…
Lost hope dwells in the past.
- Has a difficult time seeing the future.
- Dwells on what once was.
Now their hope had become shattered:
- What was once excitement is now discouragement.
- What once seemed clear now leads to disillusion.
- What was once confidence is now doubt.
- What was once joy is now depression.
- What was once fellowship is now disunity.
Usually when someone is hurting we try to comfort them with kind words:
- I am sorry for your loss.
- You didn’t deserve this.
- I wish I could…
Jesus didn’t do this, He said:
Verse 25-26 “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?”
THEN HE EXPLAINED TO THEM ALL THE SCRIPTURES CONCERNING HIMSELF.
They probably embraced the victorious passages only.
- An everlasting Kingdom (Psalms 45)
- Honored by foreign kings (Isaiah 60)
- Ability to heal and perform miracles (Isaiah 35)
- Heal the brokenhearted (Isaiah 61)
- Establish a new covenant (Jeremiah 31)
- The gentiles will seek after him (Isaiah 11)
We can get discouraged when we don’t see the whole picture.
Road to Emmaus vs. Road away from Emmaus
- Same Road – Different destination
- Same Road – Different conversation
- Same Road – Different observation
- Same Road – Different realization
OUR HOPE IN CHRIST ALLOWS US TO HANDLE THE CHALLENGES OF LIFE WITH MUCH MORE CONFIDENCE.
This is what hope does:
- Gives renewed strength
- Newfound joy
- Feeling of being alive
- Restoration from brokenness
- Dreams returned
- Gets us to walk away from relationships
- Causes us to dwell on the past
- Causes us to question God’s care
Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings of eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”