The Road to Emmaus

The Road to EmmausText: Luke 24:13-35

In this lesson, we’re going to visit two men who were traveling the road to Emmaus. As we travel down the road to Emmaus, we will learn about recognizing Jesus.

Talk about the Things of Christ

  • These two disciples were discussing what happened to Jesus as they traveled (v. 13-14) – when Jesus met them and heard them talking, He asked about what they were discussing (v. 15-17)
  • We should seek to develop a habit of discussing spiritual matters (Deuteronomy 6:6-7) – it is easy to become distracted by regular and urgent matters; this makes it even more important that we are intentional about discussing these things
  • This will often open the door to questions (v. 17, 19) – we must be ready to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15); maintain the proper attitude when discussing these matters (2 Timothy 2:24-25)

Possible to Know/Believe and Miss the Point

  • These disciples knew what happened to Jesus (v. 19-20) and even heard of the empty tomb (v. 22-24) – they believed in Jesus (v. 19) and hoped He would redeem Israel (v. 21); but they missed the point
  • Several reasons why someone might believe in God, understand His word, and still miss the point – blinded by sin (cf. 2 Samuel 12:1-7); blinded by pride (Luke 18:9-14); the truth was not what they expected (Acts 1:6)
  • It is one thing to believe in God and understand His word – it is another to recognize what we must do/say/be as a result (James 1:22; Colossians 3:16-17)
  • When we miss the point, the way to remedy that is by going to the Scriptures (v. 27)

Proof of Christ in Prophecy and Testimony

  • Jesus used the writings of Moses and the prophets to explain about Himself (v. 27) – He did the same thing with His apostles later in this chapter (v. 44-45)
  • The old law was a tutor to lead us to Christ (Galatians 3:24) – testified of Him (John 5:39); if we want to know more about Christ, we must understand His word
  • The word of God was revealed in order to produce faith (Romans 10:17) – real faith is not produced by subjective feelings; it is founded upon the unchanging truth of God’s word (Psalm 119:89; Galatians 1:6-9; Jude 3)

After Seeing Jesus, Tell Others

  • Eventually, these two disciples recognized Jesus (v. 28-31) – this motivated them to tell others (v. 33-35)
  • Christians have a responsibility to tell others about Jesus (Acts 8:4; 1 Peter 3:15) – they had a burning heart (v. 32); having this should lead us to speak (Jeremiah 20:9)
  • Why tell others? – because He has risen (v. 34); Jesus’ resurrection given hope (1 Corinthians 15:20); people are looking for this and it is only found in Christ (John 14:6)

Conclusion

  • We need to recognize Jesus as the risen Lord – the one who saves us from our sins
  • As we understand this, we need to talk about these things and help lead others to Him

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