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30/04/2017: GO…in HOPE!

GO…in HOPE!

BIBLE READING

Luke 24:13-35 (NIRV)

On the Road to Emmaus

13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were going to a village called Emmaus. It was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked about those things, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them. 16 But God kept them from recognizing him.

17 Jesus asked them, “What are you talking about as you walk along?”

They stood still, and their faces were sad. 18 One of them was named Cleopas. He said to Jesus, “Are you the only person visiting Jerusalem who doesn’t know? Don’t you know about the things that have happened there in the last few days?”

19 “What things?” Jesus asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet. He was powerful in what he said and did in the sight of God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed Jesus over to be sentenced to death. They nailed him to a cross. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one who was going to set Israel free. Also, it is the third day since all this happened. 22 Some of our women amazed us too. Early this morning they went to the tomb. 23 But they didn’t find his body. So they came and told us what they had seen. They saw angels, who said Jesus was alive. 24 Then some of our friends went to the tomb. They saw it was empty, just as the women had said. They didn’t see Jesus’ body there.”

25 Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are! How long it takes you to believe all that the prophets said! 26 Didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things and then receive his glory?” 27 Jesus explained to them what was said about himself in all the Scriptures. He began with Moses and all the Prophets.

28 They approached the village where they were going. Jesus kept walking as if he were going farther. 29 But they tried hard to keep him from leaving. They said, “Stay with us. It is nearly evening. The day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 He joined them at the table. Then he took bread and gave thanks. He broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. But then he disappeared from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “He explained to us what the Scriptures meant. Weren’t we excited as he talked with us on the road?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the 11 disciples and those with them. They were all gathered together. 34 They were saying, “It’s true! The Lord has risen! He has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then the two of them told what had happened to them on the way. They told how they had recognized Jesus when he broke the bread.

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV) Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

CONSIDER THESE THINGS

  1. What verse “jumps out” of the text at you? Why?
  2. Can you identify with the disappointment expressed in (vs 21) …” we had hoped that he was the one…?” What happened that led you to feel that way?
  3. Metaphorically speaking; “Emmaus may just be the place we go to when things are hard and we need to get away. It is the place of fleeing the coop when we can’t take it any longer.” [Bob Eldan, 2017]  What escape route(s) do you choose when pressures and crisis close in (i.e. More work…more play…more comfort food…more alcohol…. more prayer etc.)
  4. Read (vs. 30-31); What does it mean to say we meet with Jesus through the Sacrament of Communion? Is this possible?
  5. Is the journey to Emmaus still an important one for Christ Followers to embark on today?

FOCUS FOR THE WEEK

Read 1 Peter 1: 3-6; focus on living “with HOPE”! Pray for peace, for healing and for transformation in our community and country.

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