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Third Sunday After
#1: "The Emmaus Post-Easter Heart Syndrome"
Rev. Wayne Dobratz, B.A., M.Div.
I. Sad hearts--v17, "faces
downcast": mournful, depressed--Jesus wasnt in the picture; they
didnt recognize him; as far as they were concerned, he was still dead.
II. Slow hearts--vv19-24: a missing body, but no faith! No recall of Jesus promises; failure to believe the womens testimony. From Mk 16:12-13 we learn that the disciples didnt believe the two men on the road to Emmaus either. Heart surgery was needed by the Great Physician! (cf Lk 24:36ff)
III. The cure--Word therapy--text, vv25-27; cf John 16:22a
A. Hearts that listen; hearts that learn; hearts that understand who Jesus is and what he has done for us, as the prophets promised
B. One side-effect of therapy may be heartburn!--v32, also Jer 23:29
IV. Signs of recovery--more of Jesus!: v29--stay with us!
A. Jesus is recognized as he walks and talks with us
B. Jesus broke bread as he did when feeding the 5,000--Lk 9:16c
C. Jesus still breaks bread with us in the Lords Supper--Mt 26:26
D. Jesus still cures broken and downcast hearts with his words of life--Jer 15:16
E. Sharing the cure with others similarly afflicted--vv33-35; Rev 5:9-10
Lenski writes about their "heart problems": "The real trouble
is in the heart, of which the intelligence is only one faculty. In the
Scriptures, the heart is the seat of the personality, of the ego, and thus of
the thinking, feeling, and especially also the willing. 'Slow, sluggish' means
unresponsive to the prophetic words that ought to awaken faith. This is the
resistance to the gracious power of the divine words." (Interpretation
of Luke, p1188)
New Commentary on the Whole Bible: Jesus treats their slow hearts: He took bread, and blessed...and their eyes were opened--the stranger must have startled the disciples by taking the place of the master at their own table, and on proceeding to that act which reproduced the whole scene of the Last Supper, he stood before their astonished gaze as their risen Lord! They wished to gaze on him, perhaps embrace him, but at that moment he was gone! This was testimony enough to the resurrection. 32-34: They now relate to each other how their hearts were burning within them by his exposition of the Scriptures. They could not rest. They had to return and share this event with those in Jerusalem. 35: The two from Emmaus now relate what had happened to them, and while thus sharing news of their Lords appearances, he himself stood in their midst. What encouragement to doubting and true-hearted disciples!
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Childrens Message on Lk 24:13ff
Object: a picture of the human heart
Sooner or later in school you will learn more about your heart. If you make a fist, you see the size of your heart. Because it pumps blood all over your body, you cant live without your heart working properly.
Two men were walking home on the first Easter day and they had heart trouble, but not this kind of heart trouble. The Bible uses the word "heart" to speak of our how we are inside, how close we are to God, how we think about life. Again, these two men had "heart trouble." It was Sunday morning, the third day since Jesus was crucified and, as far as they were concerned, Jesus was still "dead and buried."
Just then a man they didnt recognize came up to walk and talk with them. It was the most wonderful conversation two men ever had with a stranger. They didnt know it yet, but Jesus was fixing their "heart trouble." He did it by using Gods Word. He did it by showing them that He had to die for our sins and that he had to rise from death.
It was getting late and Jesus made it seem as if he had miles to go before he would sleep. But they invited him in. Only when he said the blessing before the meal and broke the bread did they recognize him for who he truly was. Thats when their "heart trouble" was cured.
A person who has heart trouble can take only so much exercise. As soon as they recognized him, they got up and went back to Jerusalem, a distance of six miles. How very different was the walk to Emmaus, with sad hearts, from the walk back to Jerusalem, with joyful hearts. They told everyone that Jesus was alive. They told them how he had fixed their "heart trouble."
He still repairs sad, hurting hearts today. The medicine is the same: His Word, his walking and talking with us, his promise of eternal life. Thats why we still call him "the Great Physician," the greatest healer of broken hearts ever.+ + +
#2: "Divine 'Discrimination' and Godly 'Greed'"
1 Peter 1:17-21
Rev. Kelly Bedard, B.A., M.Div.
(From On the Anvil by Max Lucado)
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