The Road to Easter
Week 3, “The Road to Life”
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
“What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 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?”
They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
Have you ever been so upset or grieved that you couldn’t see the
truth that was right in front of your face?
Lessons Learned on the Road to Emmaus:
- Discouragement Caused These Guys to Live in the Past (URS or Uncle Rico Syndrome)
- Discouragement Can Cause Us to Question God
- The Resurrection Should Replace Our Discouragement with Determination
Discouragement Caused These Guys to Live in the Past (aka, “Uncle Rico Syndrome)
18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?”
He WAS Jesus the Nazarene
He WAS a Prophet
He WAS Mighty in Words
He WAS Mighty in DEEDS
He WAS Loved by the Common People
He WAS Hated by the Leadership
He WAS Crucified
13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
2. Discouragement Can Cause Us to Question God
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
“HEARTBREAK HAPPENS THIS WAY: WE THINK GOD SHOULD DO SOMETHING BASED ON OUR FAULTY KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WORD. HE DOESN’T DO IT. WE GET DISCOURAGED AND THINK THAT GOD HAS LET US DOWN, THAT HE HAS DISAPPOINTED US. BUT THE PROBLEM IS NOT WITH GOD, IT IS WITH US.”
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
Genesis 3:15- Promised Sacrifice
Isaiah 53- The Suffering Servant
Zechariah 12:10- The Pieced One
Malachi 3- The Messenger of the Covenant
3. Depending on God’s Word will Defeat Discouragement
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.
***Jesus took the men from a place of discouragement, heartbreak, and hurt to a place of healing, excitement, and desire to continue the work He started. ***
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?”
The realization of the Resurrection caused these men to take a big risk.
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
About 7 miles from Jerusalem
About a 3-hour walk
***The resurrected Jesus replaced their disappointment, heartbreak, and hurt,
with desire, devotion, and determination. ***
He will do the same for us too!
How Jesus Helped the Discouraged Disciples
- He replaced their despair with desire. A desire to tell others that Jesus is alive!
- He replaced their discouragement with devotion. Devotion to Him and His will
- He replaced their doubt with determination. The determination to share the good news of Jesus’ resurrection with anyone who would listen.
The resurrection of Jesus erases our discouragement and offers us new life.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!
How do you think the disciples felt when Jesus died? Do you think Jesus gave them enough information on what would happen next? What are some scriptures that can be referenced where either Jesus told of his resurrection?
Read Luke 24:13-35, are we sometimes like Cleopas not knowing that Jesus is there with us? For born again believers is there ever a time that Jesus is not with us? What are some things that get in the way of recognizing this truth?
Consider the statement in verse 21, what do you think is meant by redeem Israel in this verse?
Is it easy for us to live in the past? Can that be a good thing, bad thing, or both? What are some things that lead to us dwelling too much on past events?
Why do you think there was so much confusion for Jesus’ followers following His death?
Read Philippians 3:13-14, can we press toward a goal if we are focused on what is behind?
Have you ever been blinded from a truth and discovered the error later on?
Would you have invited Jesus to stay with you like the two travelers did?
What are some of the ways the two believers overcame their discouragement?