Sermon notes for Wednesday, April 18, 2001
Text: Luke 24:13-35
A couple meet Jesus on the road.
They don't recognize him
We don't fully realize Jesus is with us. If we did, we wouldn't do and say the things we do.
These Disciples didn't believe his word.
At the tomb angel said, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, He is risen, JUST AS HE SAID.
Think of all God has said to us, yet we do not understand it, nor have we tried very hard to listen and hear more.
Disciples had abandoned the Lord. Not Just Peter. They all left him.
We abandon him when we do not uphold his word.
In our lives, families, and our church.
It is a bad thing when a bad man does a bad deed. It is far worse when a good man sees a bad thing done and says nothing against it.
When we are silent to the evil around us we forsake the Lord.
Jesus comes to these disciples, weak traitors. And shows himself to them.
He cares about them even when they didn't care about him.
He explained the scriptures to them
He opened their minds to understand they are all about him.
God wants to do the same to us.
He cares and wants us to understand his word.
We understand by listening. Then we can speak with his voice.
This is how children learn to talk.
God wants us to Understand in every way who he really is and what he's done for us.
The death of Christ is everything. New status with God and reason for living in the world. Nothing we do has more importance than just listening to Him.
Disciples urged him to stay. They recognized him. It was at the meal, in breaking of bread.
The last time Jesus broke bread was at the Last Supper. Now when he breaks bread, they see him for who he really is.
When we come to his table, there is nothing better than to see Jesus. Only because he's been walking with us, teaching us all about who he is and why he's come.
He restores us, just as he restored the disciples when he said, "Go tell my brothers, (not my traitors) I am risen.
We see Jesus tonight in this bread and live. He is coming again to restore us to our former places as God's people. We can't go back into hiding. We don't want to. We want Jesus to stay with us. So we hear his word, take it into our ears, hearts and lives. We eat the meal with him because he invites us. Looking back to his resurrection on the first Easter, we anxiously look forward to our own resurrection when he comes again.
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