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This sermon – Along The Emmaus Road – was originally preached 2013.03.31 by Sonny Yoder.
Passages used: Luke 24:13-35.
Along The Emmaus Road
Come and walk with me on the Emmaus road. Questions, will you help me, could you walk with me for a while?
Cleopas and his traveling companion had high expectations for Jesus, but their expectations didn’t include him dying.
Jesus in His compassion came to them, in their hurt, with their questions. Jesus took the initiative to come and walk with them. It may seem like Jesus isn’t close, that He is in the shadows but rest assured He is very near.
Jesus was alive in this story, that is one of the great things about this story! He is alive today and He continues all of His powerful works for those who honestly and earnestly seek Him.
Although they had heard that Jesus was not in the grave, even that He had risen from the dead, they didn’t believe just yet. They didn’t recognize Jesus… Maybe we are like them too some times. Do we believe Jesus? Do we expect Him to help us?
Maybe Jesus is saying to us at times that we are slow in heart. Are we serious enough about God and life and looking for answers that we will go to the scriptures to find God and what He want’s us to do. Or are we caught up and stuck in our troubles, not able to see Jesus and how He wants to help us. Do we recognize Him?
Cleopas had a friend who walked with him, someone who he trusted and who shared his troubles with him. We need to be this kind of friend as well. We need to be friends, supporting each other and we all will also need to be supported by our true friends as well.
Jesus is alive! He will guide us in life and in our situations. We should expect that He will show up and will deliver and help us.