Rehearse what happened to the Christ on that weekend.
Two special stories that happened that last weekend. One took place outside with only two men while the other took place inside a locked room with only the disciples.
On the same day...third day after, two men were walking away from Jerusalem. Questions and sadness. While deep in talk/Jesus joins the two and asks what’s going on.
"What? You don’t know? Are you that new here?" Then the sad story is unfolded.
"We had hoped…"
"And what is more… "
"Then some of our number… "
but Him they did not see. Kept from them...
Jesus replies: “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!”
Then the On-The-Road Bible School was open for business! Jesus shares EVERYTHING about Him from the Scriptures beginning with Moses and ALL the Prophets.
He explained to them what was said in ALL the Scripture concerning Himself!
WOW! That was some talk! And as they were hearing all this, they had no idea Who it was that was talking to them--at all--not a clue. Because, God in His sovereignty did not allow that until it pleased Him to.
It looked like Jesus was going to keep on walking so the two men urged Him strongly to stay with them. It was almost evening and the day light was going fast. Yet, the Light of the World with with them and they were unaware!
Then this Visitor to Jerusalem did something that caught their hearts and eyes! He took the bread and broke it and gave thanks and began to give it to them...and they recognized Him and He disappeared from their sight!
Verse 32: They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"
What would you have done? Really strange thing here! You walked with a man you had known for at least three years and you did not realize it was Him. Your heart was so down and confused, you could not see Him as He really was. He spoke of the deep things of God and of Himself, and was 150% open with you concerning what the Word of God had said about the Messiah and YOU MISSED IT!
Good stuff, but you did not see the personal connection AT ALL.
That alone is the message! What they have seen and heard from Jesus--they passed it on to Faithful men and women who did in truth, passed it on to other faithful men and women who were faithful to do the same until it got to you!
Turn to John 20:19-31. This is the small part that is not in Luke’s account but takes right during this visit of Jesus.
Jesus comes in and says “Peace be with you!” And why not! He just showed up in a locked room! They were afraid the Romans or the Jewish leaders might be bold after they had Jesus taken. Oh, they were afraid alright! And they had every right to be! They had lost their BEST friend to a cruel death. He was murdered under the legal laws of the Romans. They could be next ...yet some of them had some information that really puzzled them. Some of the women had told them that this same Jesus was not dead but alive! Surely they were mistaken. Right?
Jesus showed up during their darkest moment and shone His Light into their darken lives. He showed them His Hands and side. And after He showed them this, the disciples were overjoyed!
Ever been in that kind of a dark time? Just heard that a loved one has Cancer. (That you are have Cancer.) Someone you loved had died. You loss your money in a bank scandal. You are beyond sad! The pain you are experiencing is too deep, too personal! Where is Jesus during these times? Why didn’t He heal? Why did He allow this? He did not show up! Why? Is He too weak?
Most of us do anything we can do to reduce or omit the elements of risk in our living. We do things like wearing seat belts when we drive, read labels on food to check our cholesterol intake, take birth control pills. People tell us that they will not have children because they aren’t willing to chance the heartache children might bring. What if they are born with a birth defect? If they turn their backs on us--on God?