Walking with Resurrected Jesus

16 April 2017 AM – Luke 24:13-35 – Resurrection – Scott Childs

Introduction: It was Sunday afternoon in Jerusalem, three days after Jesus was crucified. Jesus’ followers were confused. Some of the women and Peter claimed that they had seen the resurrected Jesus. The others just did not know what to think. That afternoon two of the believers, Cleopas and his friend decided to return to their home in Emmaus 11.5 km away. As they walked, a friendly man who seemed to be a visitor to Jerusalem joined them and added much to their conversation. They did now know that he was the resurrected Jesus.

Transition: The events that took place as these men walked with resurrected Jesus reveal several important truths for us today.

1st these events reveal …

1.        The Human Tendency to Doubt

a.         Cleopas and his friend were humans like us
1)         Though we do not know who these men were, we do know that they were men just like us.
2)         They lived in Israel during the days of Jesus’ ministry.
b.         It is human to doubt a resurrection
1)         Resurrection from the dead is impossible except when God puts life back into the dead body.
2)         Resurrections were not foreign to Cleopas and his friend.
a)         Certainly they had heard how Elijah raised a boy from the dead, how Elisha also raised a boy to life, and how a man came to life when his body touched the bones of dead Elisha.
b)         It is possible they had been with Jesus when He raised the widow’s son at Nain as he was about to be buried or the day when He gave life to Jairus’ daughter or when He raised Lazarus from the dead.
3)         Yet, it is human to doubt a resurrection. Even Thomas, one of the 12 disciples doubted Jesus’ resurrection. (John 20:25) “The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
2nd these events reveal …

2.        The Value of Time Spent with Jesus

a.         Jesus joined the travelers
1)         Cleopas and his friend were discussing the strange events of the past several days as they journeyed. The walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus was 60 furlongs, about 11.5 km.
2)         As they walked, Jesus joined them. Their eyes were closed so that they could not see who he was. Jesus asked them what they were discussing back and forth and why they were so sad (v.17).
3)         They told Jesus about the events of the past several days. They shared with him that they had hoped that Jesus was the Messiah. To make things more confusing they said that some of their women claimed to have seen the resurrected Jesus that morning (v.18-24).
b.         Jesus explained the Scriptures to them
1)         Jesus gently rebuked them for not believing what the prophets had said and that it was necessary for Jesus to suffer and enter His glory (v.25-26).
2)         Jesus then began at Moses (the first five books of the Bible) and with all the prophets (the rest of the OT) and explained to them what was written about Himself (v.27).
3)         Here is some of what He might have discussed:
a)         Adam and Eve’s fall into sin and the promise of one (Jesus Christ) who would crush Satan (Gen 3:15).
b)         The Passover lamb (Ex 12) pictured the substitution that Christ, the Lamb of God, would make for us.
c)         The sacrifices at the tabernacle could only cover the repentant sinners’ sins; Jesus would pay for sin.
d)         Psalm 22 describes how the people mocked Christ (Psalm 22:7-8; Mat 27:41-43), how they cast lots to divide up his clothes (Psalm 22:18; Mat 27:35), how his bones were out of joint (Psalm 22:14), how the wicked had surrounded him and pierced his hands and feet (Psalm 22:16).
e)         Isaiah predicted the suffering Saviour. (Isaiah 53:3) “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:5) “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:12) “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Jesus suffered for our sins.
f)          The Psalmist wrote of Jesus’ resurrection. (Psalms 16:10) “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”
4)         Jesus explained all the O.T. Scriptures that talked about Him. Spending time with Jesus enlightened them. Today, the only way we can grow spiritually is by spending time with Jesus in Bible study and in earnest prayer. How much time have you spent with Jesus this past week?
3rd these events reveal …

3.        The Reality of Christ’s Resurrection

a.         Cleopas and his friend were eye witnesses
1)         They walked 11.5 km with Jesus that Sunday afternoon long ago. They heard Him explain the Old Testament prophecies like no one else could have done. They reclined around a meal that evening with Him.
2)         When Jesus broke the bread and blessed it, they recognized Him. Some claim that this reminded them of the Lord’s Supper, but these men were not among the 12 disciples present at that meal (Mt 26:20). Jesus must have had a special way to break and bless the bread that was unique to Him (v.35) Compare Mt 14:15; Mr 6:41; Lu 9:16
b.         Jesus truly did raise from the dead
1)         Once Jesus opened their eyes so they could see who he really was, they excitedly believed. Their first response is recorded for us. (Luke 24:32) “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” Jesus had talked with them and opened the Scriptures to them. Truly He WAS alive!
2)         The same hour they hurried back to Jerusalem to tell all their friends. Evidently, their word confirmed what Peter had already tried to tell them (v.34).
4th these events reveal …

4.        The Need for us to Personally Believe

a.         Simply knowing what others say is not enough
1)         Cleopas and his friend had heard others say that Jesus was alive, yet they did not believe.
2)         It was not until they heard resurrected Jesus explain the OT that they personally believed Jesus died and rose again to pay for their sins. Believing that Jesus arose included believing that He suffered and died to pay for man’s sin.
b.         We also must personally believe.
1)         The Bible states (1 Cor. 15:3-4) “… Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” Believing the fact that Jesus is alive is important, but it is even more important that you believe that He died and rose again for your sins.
2)         If Jesus had not died and rose again, our sins would condemn us all to hell forever.

Conclusion: Review the four things these events reveal. Jesus really is alive. Have you personally believed that He died and rose again to pay for your sins? I’m not talking about believing the fact, but believing that it is your ONLY hope of eternal life and asking Christ to save your lost soul. If you have not received Christ’s cleansing, you can today!

Christian friend, how much time have you spent with Jesus this week? Spending time with Him will open your eyes to God’s will for you.

Song: One Day! 103