Their Despondency (vs 17-24)
Their Hearts Were Sad (vs 17; Prov
12.25;15.13;18.14 ) [-
And he said unto them, What manner of
communications are these that
ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? Nothing will bring you down
like sadness. These two disciples
give us a brief glimpse into the emotional state of the followers of our Lord.
They felt defeated and they were sad.
This particular Greek word means they had sad countenances.
In other words their whole being declared their sadness.]
[Sadness has a
way of draining the life out of you.
The Bible reminds us:]
25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh
it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.]
[Proverbs 15:13 13 A merry
heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is
[Proverbs 18:14 14 The
spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? ]
[Our Lord himself declared the sadness of these two
disciples, and the fact of our Lord’s presence with them on the road to Emmaus
should have been a cause of Joy rather than despair.]
Their Hearts Were Slow (vs 25)
[– Then he said unto them, O
fools, and slow of heart to believe . . . – How were these disciples slow?
They were slow in their belief.
They had heard that the tomb was opened and empty, they had even heard
that angles had declared that Jesus was alive, but they were still defeated in
their hearts and minds. Our Lord
Jesus Christ declared that they were slow to believe.]
[It shouldn’t surprise us that these disciples were
slow to believe. Many a professed
Christian is slow to believe.]
My wife says that I have selective hearing, because she says I only hear
those things I want to hear. She
even says that there are certain tones of voice that I just never hear, one of
those tones just happens to be the tone of her voice.]
[Well, many a Christian has selective believing, you
will only believe those things that you choose to believe.
There are certain things that, if you
believed them, would require a significant sacrifice or a significant change in
your lifestyle, so you just choose not to believe them.
Hence you might say you are slow to believe as well.]
Deliberation (vs 25-27) [–
Jesus begins to challenge these disciples understanding of the events of the
last few days by bringing these events under the illumination of the Word of
Jesus challenges them
The Bibles Revelation (vs 25)
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow
of heart to believe
that the prophets have spoken: - Jesus challenges these disciples
by reminding them of
all that the
prophets said about their Messiah.
The Old Testament contains more than 70 major prophecies and 270 prophetical
ramifications concerning the first advent of the Lord Jesus Christ.]
Address of the Messiah - These prophecies are most accurately described as
the address of the Messiah. When these prophecies are put together they
accurately designate the only individual that is the promised Messiah. These
Birth (Micah 5.2)]
Virgin Birth (Isa 7.14)]
Slaughter of the Innocents (Jer 31.15)]
return from Egypt (Hos 11.1)]
Forerunner (Mal 3.1)]
Betrayal (Psalm 41.9)]
Price of His Betrayal (Zech 11.12)]
Piercing of His Hands and Feet (Zech 12.19)]
uses some basic codes to first single out a region of the world, then a region
within a country, then a single household with in that region, and finally a
single individual within the household.]
saying to these two disciples on the road to Emmaus that if they had just heard
the prophecies contained within their Bible they would have been able to
identify the Messiah and would have realized that everything that happened to
Jesus God had already said would occur.]
Truths Of Our Lives – My dear Christian friend, don’t be slow to believe
those things that God has already said.
Many are discouraged by the circumstances of their personal lives.
Their discouragement has caused them to loose faith in God.
But why? God has already
told you about much of what you will face in and through your Christian journey.
The reason you are discouraged is because you fail to hear and heed the
living Word of God. Just as these
disciples ought to have heard the Word of God and then rejoiced at its
fulfillment, so should you.]
Their Expectation (vs 26, cf. 21; Mark
Ought not Christ to have
suffered these things, and
to enter into his glory? - It is
almost as if Jesus is asking these disciples, “What did you expect?”
Notice what these disciples said to Jesus in verse 21:]
21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel . . .
[It’s as if
these disciples are saying, “God just didn’t do what He was supposed to do.”
They were still expecting a great deliverance from the Lord Jesus Christ.
What they fail to realize is that they indeed received the biggest
deliverance known to mankind. Yet,
it wasn’t the deliverance they expected.]
expectations, which were not based on the Word of God, but were based on the
traditions of men, had led them to dismay.
Our expectations will lead us to the same disabling positions if we are
not watching and aware. Jesus had
warned that much of their religious systems were not based on the Word of God.
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of
men, . . .
told the disciples about His coming death and resurrection.
But for what ever reason Jesus disciples refused to understand what Jesus
had said to them. It seems that
often when people find themselves in discouragement or despair it is largely
because they are expecting something from God that is contrary to the revealed
Word and will of God.]
God’s Illumination (vs 27; 2 Tim 3.16;
Matt 5.17-19) -
And beginning at Moses and all the
he expounded unto them
in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. –
What Scriptures did Jesus expound?
Considering that none of the New Testament had yet been penned, we must
understand that Jesus manifested Himself in
the Old Testament Scriptures.
It is most important to note this plenary fact.
All of the Bible is inspired by God and is useful for your spiritual
growth. The Bible declares:]
16 All scripture
is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: ]
illuminated all of the Old Testament Scriptures concerning His manifestation on
that road that day. Christians who
ignore and neglect the Old Testament in their personal Bible studies and
devotions are neglecting God’s revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This was the Bible Jesus declared to these two disciples on the Road to
Emmaus. Those who assume that the
Old Testament was meant for the dispensation of Law or for ancient civilizations
will deprive themselves of much of the revelation provided by God about our
[Jesus did not
neglect the Old Testament Scriptures, not even after His resurrection.]
[It was Jesus
who during His earthly ministry said:]
17 Think not that I am come to destroy
the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till
heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law,
till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever
therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so,
he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do
and teach them, the same shall
be called great in the kingdom of heaven.]
[There is nothing wrong with diligently studying the
New Testament, but if you neglect the Old Testament because you focus solely on
the New Testament then you are missing the largest portion of the revealing Word
Their Delight (vs 28-35) [–
As they come to Emmaus these disciples compel Jesus to stay with them, and as
they are breaking bread for supper, for what ever reason they suddenly realize
who Jesus is and He vanishes from their sight.
It is at this realization that they understand that:]
Jesus Satisfied Their Hearts (vs 32; Heb
4.12; Jer 17.10; Prov 17.3) [Conviction
- And they said one to
Did not our heart burn
within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to
us the scriptures? – There had been a deep conviction working inside of
these two disciples to whole time they were listening to their Lord.
The truth of God’s Word was finding its mark in their heart and
the Bible as a book that must touch their minds, rather it is a truth that must
touch their hearts. The Bible
12 For the word of God is
quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the
dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and
is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart.]
[The Word of
God does not seek to just change your mind, it seeks to change your life.
It seeks to transform you from the inside out. The Word of God is about a
person, not a law code. The written
Word of God is about the living Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.]
that God will not be able to get a hold of your mind until He first gets a hold
of your heart. Hence God says,]
10 I the LORD search the heart,
I try the reins, even to give
every man according to his ways, and
according to the fruit of his doings. ]
3 The fining pot
is for silver, and the furnace
for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts].
taught these disciples He was not working on their minds nearly as much as He
was working on their hearts. Jesus
wants to get a hold of your life, but He will only be able to do that when you
allow the Lord Jesus Christ to get a hold of your heart.]
Jesus Satisfied Their Home (vs 30-31;
Exodus 3.5; Rom 10.9-10) [Manifestation
- And it came to pass, as he sat
at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed
it, and brake, and gave to
them. 31 And their eyes were
opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. -
He turned their home
into a sanctuary, and their meal into a sacrament.
That is what Jesus does every time He comes into your "house-life"; He makes it
a sanctuary. [—Olford's Expository Preaching
approached the burning bush God called out to Moses and said,]
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy
feet, for the place whereon thou
standest is holy ground. ]
[What was it
that made that ground holy? What
was it that turned that mountain side into a sanctuary?
It wasn’t the bush. It
It was the presence of
Almighty God. When Jesus
joined these two men in their home it was the presence of Lord that turned that
home into a sanctuary.]
[Not only did
Jesus turn their home into a sanctuary He turned their meal into a sacrament.
For these two men, when Jesus broke that bread, their mind realized who
Jesus was, that was the moment of their salvation.
They realized that the Lord Jesus Christ was resurrected physically from
the dead and they believed in Him.]
some in our world who do not believe in the physical resurrection of our Lord.
They figure it just is not necessary for their salvation. But the Bible
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.]
Jesus Satisfied Their Happiness (vs 33-35)
[Proclamation - And they
rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered
together, and them that were with them, 34
Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 And they told what things
were done in the way, and how
he was known of them in breaking of bread.
Where is Happiness?
in Unbelief-Voltaire was an infidel of the most pronounced type. He
wrote: "I wish I had never been born."]
in Pleasure-Lord Byron lived a life of pleasure if anyone did. He
wrote: "The worm, the canker, and grief are mine alone." ]
in Money-Jay Gould, the American millionaire, had plenty of that. When
dying, he said: "I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth." ]
in Position and Fame-Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of
both. He wrote: "Youth is a mistake; manhood a struggle; old age a regret."]
in Military Glory-Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his
day. Having done so, he wept in his tent, because he said, "There are no more
worlds to conquer." ]
Christ Alone - Where then is happiness found?-the answer is simple, in
Christ alone." [– The Bible Friend,
Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations (Rockville, Md., 1979), p. 682.]]
[For these two
disciples everything in their life was for ever changed when they realized that
the resurrected Savior was with them.
They got up, risked their lives and well being, traveled back to Jerusalem, and shared the
resurrected Lord and Savior with the other disciples.]
March 30, 2008