Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Road to Emmaus

On the Road to Emmaus

Luk 24:13  And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was threescore furlongs from Jerusalem.

Luk 24:14  And they communed with each other of all these things which had happened.

Luk 24:15  And it came to pass, while they communed and questioned together, that Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

Luk 24:16  But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

Luk 24:17  And he said unto them, What communications are these that ye have one with another, as ye walk?And they stood still, looking sad.

Luk 24:18  And one of them, named Cleopas, answering said unto him, Dost thou alone sojourn in Jerusalem and not know the things which are come to pass there in these days?

Luk 24:19  And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

Luk 24:20  and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.

Luk 24:21  But we hoped that it was he who should redeem Israel. Yea and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things came to pass.

Luk 24:22  Moreover certain women of our company amazed us, having been early at the tomb;

Luk 24:23  and when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.

Luk 24:24  And certain of them that were with us went to the tomb, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

Luk 24:25  And he said unto them, O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!

Luk 24:26  Behooved it not the Christ to suffer these things, and to enter into his glory?

Luk 24:27  And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luk 24:28  And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they were going: and he made as though he would go further.

Luk 24:29  And they constrained him, saying, Abide with us; for it is toward evening, and the day is now far spent. And he went in to abide with them.

Luk 24:30  And it came to pass, when he had sat down with them to meat, he took the bread and blessed; and breaking it he gave to them.

Luk 24:31  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

Luk 24:32  And they said one to another, Was not our heart burning within us, while he spake to us in the way, while he opened to us the scriptures?

Luk 24:33  And they rose up that very hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,

Luk 24:34  saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

Luk 24:35  And they rehearsed the things that happened in the way, and how he was known of them in the breaking of the bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

Luk 24:36  And as they spake these things, he himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

Luk 24:37  But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they beheld a spirit.

Luk 24:38  And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and wherefore do questionings arise in your heart?

Luk 24:39  See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye behold me having.

Luk 24:40  And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

Luk 24:41  And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here anything to eat?

Luk 24:42  And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish.

Luk 24:43  And he took it, and ate before them.

Luk 24:44  And he said unto them, These are my words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me.

Luk 24:45  Then opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures;

Luk 24:46  and he said unto them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day;

Luk 24:47  and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Luk 24:48  Ye are witnesses of these things.

Luk 24:49  And behold, I send forth the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city, until ye be clothed with power from on high.

The Ascension

Luk 24:50  And he led them out until they were over against Bethany: and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

Luk 24:51  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.

Luk 24:52  And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

Luk 24:53  and were continually in the temple, blessing God.

I like this account by Luke because it explains from verse 43-49 the purpose of the death, buriel and resurrection of Christ. 

"The Gospel" is the death, the buriel and the resurrection of Christ, described in these verses. The word "gospel" is in verse one, and the death buriel and ressurrection are in verses 3 and 4. 

1Co 15:1  Now I make known unto you brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, wherein also ye stand,

1Co 15:2  by which also ye are saved, if ye hold fast the word which I preached unto you, except ye believed in vain.

1Co 15:3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

1Co 15:4  and that he was buried; and that he hath been raised on the third day according to the scriptures;

Romans 6:34 shows how our baptism (immersion) into Christ when we become believers is a re-enactment of the death, buriel and ressurrection of Christ:

Rom 6:4  We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

Rom 6:5  For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection;

Rom 6:6  knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin;

Rom 6:7  for he that hath died is justified from sin.

Christ rose on the first day of the week, and so with all the sermons and celebrations going on the first day of the week, today, our obligations do not end with that. We go on to obey the gospel, which is the death, buriel and resurrection of Christ, and then proceed on our journey of living a new life in Christ, loving, forgiving, as Christ also forgave us. We want to be careful what we say and do, that God is glorified in our bodies, in our speech and attitudes, our actions and our lives.


Raggedy Cottage Garden said...

This is a good reminder. There are different types of ways people have interpreted these scitpture but the love is what remains.

Linda said...

What a wonderful way to start our week.
Thank you, Lady Lydia.

Rhonda said...

I love these verses! Imagine how they must have great is our God!

Unknown said...

I very, very much like your last paragraph of exhorting us how to live.

Sharon said...

Always blessed by your articles. Is there an address I can reach you at.I am a better writer,than typer.Have a blessed day.Sharon