April 16, 2017 Blessed Resurrection Day!

“Our Emmaus Road Ends At The Resurrected Christ”

 Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Luke 24: 1 – 5 ESV

The Resurrection – The Body Was Buried, But It’s Not There

1But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6aHe is not here, but has risen. 6bRemember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day 9and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

Luke 24: 13 – 20 ESV – 13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven milesa from Jerusalem, 14and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.

Walk Thru The Word for Today: 

Luke 24: 21 – 34 ESV

 The Resurrection – The Body Was Buried, But It’s Not There

21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us (out us at a total loss to explain or account for what they said). They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”

25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.

32They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Background: Christ’s Body Was Brutally Murdered and then Buried, But It’s Not There in the Grave where they left it.  Luke 1: 1-3

1But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb (sepulcher), taking the spices they had prepared. 2And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

In Luke 23: 50 – 56 we see that …  50…Joseph of the Jewish town of Arimathea, who was a member of the council (the 70 Sanhedrin at Jerusalem), a good and righteous man, 51who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God (meaning, the sovereign authority and rule of God, both in the world, and in the hearts of men), 52…went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.g 55The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.

On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. 

 Message Map:  Luke 24: 21 – 35 ESV “the Resurrected christ Reveals Himself To everyone on An Emmaus Road”

  • christ Engages everyone Who’s on An Emmaus Road Contemplating Who He Is.
  • Recognizing The Resurrection requires remembering Christ’s Role
  • Believers bear witness to the Resurrection
  • redeemed people retell their resurrection

 Christ Engages everyone Who’s on An Emmaus Road Contemplating Who He Is. Luke 24: 13-17 13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven milesa from Jerusalem, (The Road from Jerusalem to Emmaus is beautiful mountainous scenery and interestingly historic as it passes by the tombs of the ancient Judges, and the previous dwelling-place of Samuel.) 14and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  15While they were talking and discussing together, jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16But their eyes (the mind’s eye) were kept (prevented) from recognizing (perceiving or discerning) him. 17And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.

Jesus is near to everyone, but too many are unaware that Christ can be with them in the midst of every challenging situation we face in life. So we live in a sadness, separated from the life and illumination of the Holy Spirit.

Thus two travelers were deeply troubled in their souls, despite their journey through what may be the most attractive scenery, intermingled with significant Biblical history, in all the Holy Land. The bloody, brutal murder of Christ seemed like a final blow of disappointment and despair that was too awful to ever overcome.

Today our focus is on the two disciples who are perplexed because they know Jesus’ body is not in the tomb, but they don’t accept and have not wrapped their brains around the concept that Christ actually is Resurrected.  Yet hope is coming, as 15While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. Jesus is going to show them their hope is in The Scriptures which contain the promises of God.   We also see in vs 16 that 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. Grief could have blinded them to the Savior’s presence.  But probably something more is going on here – as it appears they supernaturally were kept from recognizing Christ.

We must move from being amazed to believing Christ is alive!

Luke 24: 21-24 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us (out us at a total loss to explain or account for what they said). They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”

 Only scripture explains who Christ is   (NO HEART BURN = NO BELIEF)

In Luke 24: 25-27 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones (unthinking and failing to pay attention to the right details), and slow of heart (inner character and the moral capacity) to believe (to have faith in and trust what God actually says) all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Jesus interpreted Scriptures because Scripture is the only reliable source of Who God & Christ Are.

The Bible’s writings of Moses & The Prophets (the entire Old Testament) foreshadow, point to and testify about Christ.  These men studied the Torah and The Prophets and had memorized much of it! Many refer to it thinking they know it, but they can’t quote it – ‘cause they’ve never read it!  They only believe what other mistaken people say about it. Jesus said in John 5: 39-47 39You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 45… There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. 47But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?

 Below are some of the scriptures from 27 Moses and all the Prophets that explain that god would send Christ to suffer and die as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. 

Gen 12:3 & 22:18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed,”

Gen 49:10 The Messiah will come through Judah – “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”

Numbers 21: 8-9 8And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” In Jan 12:32, Jesus said, I’m being lifted like that.

Duet 18: 15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—

Isaiah 7:14 …the Lord … will give you a sign. … the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, …Immanuel.

Isaiah 9: 6-7 … For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.

Isaiah 53: 4-12 … He was bruised for our transgressions.

Jeremiah 23:5 “… I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

Joel 2: 32 everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.

Micah 5: 2 …O Bethlehem Ephrathah, … from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (The Eternal Christ shall come from Bethlehem.)

Zech 9:9 Rejoice … Zion! Shout aloud, … Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation… humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Zech 12:10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and …weeps over a firstborn.

Zech 13:7 “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;

Psalm 16: 9-10 9T…my flesh also dwells secure. 10For you will not  abandon my soul to Sheol,or let your holy one see corruption” –  meaning Christ will be resurrected!

 Recognizing The Resurrection requires remembering christ’s Role

Luke 24: 31-34 31And their eyes were opened,(their souls were roused to understanding) and they recognized (came to know Him with intensified understanding ) him. And he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn (blazed, flamed and were consumed with the Holy Spirit’s illumination) within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”

Have you experienced The Heart Burn of Redemption? Have you recognized that Christ came to die for your sins? No Heart Burn = No Belief! Their Hearts Burned with Belief

Do Our Hearts Burn with Recognition of The Resurrected Christ?

In Luke 24: 6b-8 -The angel says 6b remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8And they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

2 Cor 5:19 “namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.’

In John 10: 1 Jesus says “My sheep know my voice” – My Resurrected Voice!  each unique individual, within his/her own personal context comes face-to-face with Who Christ Actually Is, and we must pay attention to Him by taking Him at His Word believing He indeed is the Resurrected Savior of the world!

1st by believing when He says in John 14:6, I am the way the truth and the life and 2ndly by understanding the full implication of John 10: 1-31“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

Recognizing The Resurrection requires remembering christ’s Role – As He Confirmed in numerous new testament statements…

  • Matthew 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
  • Matthew 17: 22-23 22…Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, 23and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.”
  • Matthew 20:17-19 17…Jesus… took the twelve disciples aside, and … said to them, 18…the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death 19and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”
  • Mark 8:31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must …be killed, and after three days rise again.
  • Mark 9:12 & 31 And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”
  • Mark 10:34 – And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”
  • Luke 9:22-25 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
  • Luke 17:25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

 Bearing witness to The Resurrection Requires Believing these 5 Things

The 5 Things All Christians Must Burn in Belief To Bear witness To The Resurrection Are:

  • Christ was born of a virgin. (DNA = God’s & The Tribe of Judah’s through whom Mary descended.)
  • Christ lived a sinless
  • Christ died a substitutionary (Christ’s exemplary life qualified Him to be our substitute, as He hung on the Cross)
  • Christ bodily was resurrected from the dead.
  • Christ rules in resurrection at the right hand of God – as Lord of our lives!

Luke 24: 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,Christ’s resurrection is evidence of the triumph that occurred in Col 2: 15  when 15”He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”

We must die in Christ, before we can experience resurrection in our personal lives.

John 12: 24 – 26 24Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

To die in Christ means we stop resisting, and saying, “But” when it comes to fulfilling God’s Word, and we exercise faith and say, “Okay, God, I am giving You permission to lead my life and determine ‘How’ You will resurrect my life to be what You want it to be.  I am giving you the reigns of control to resurrect what I killed, screwed up, messed up and let die in my life.

 Redeemed people retell their resurrections

Believers who live in Resurrection are “Doers of The Word and not mere hearers who deceive themselves (James 1:22). 

  • Our effectiveness as Christian Disciples of Christ is evident by how much in Resurrection we walk and talk.
  • Our relationship with God requires letting Him resurrect our lives! Redeemed People Retell Their Resurrection Stories.
  • All credible Christian testimonies are resurrection stories!

Bearing Fruit vs. Testifying to Failure = All blaming and negative talk about others is death. That’s why when we are negative and blaming, people suggest something we can do to restore or resurrect what we are complaining and claiming about.  They point us toward “Resurrection,” which everyone instinctively knows is the point of being In Christ.  All Christian testimonies are Resurrected testimonies.  I once was dead, but now I’m found.  I once had screwed this up, made terrible mistakes, but I stopped dropped and rolled back to God and He resurrected the situation.  John 12 the grain of wheat fell to the ground and I let Christ bury me, and He Resurrected me!  No Christian testimonies are that “I failed, and it went dead, so I moved on.”

The Outlook of Resurrected People is on Possibilities Not Past Problems – We sense Christ pointing us toward possibilities that resurrect us beyond our current problem/dilemma.

Loving God Most Means Releasing Ourselves for Christ To Resurrect Us To Abundant Life!

To view the recorded message, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUxGOa2hUcM