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SERMON SUMMARY: Jesus’ disciples found it difficult to believe what the Scriptures said about his suffering, death, and resurrection. Why was it that these followers, who sat face to face with Jesus, simply missed what he was saying? Come this Sunday to discover what Jesus says to his struggling disciples and to us, as we look at Luke 24:13-32.




To read the Bible as literature is like reading Moby Dick as a whaling manual or The Brothers Karamazov for its punctuation.

Frederick Buechner




Psalm 119: 129–136

129 Your testimonies are wonderful;

   therefore my soul keeps them.

130 The unfolding of your words gives light;

   it imparts understanding to the simple.

131 I open my mouth and pant,

   because I long for your commandments.

132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,

   as is your way with those who love your name.

133 Keep steady my steps according to your promise,

   and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

134 Redeem me from man’s oppression,

   that I may keep your precepts.

135 Make your face shine upon your servant,

   and teach me your statutes.

136 My eyes shed streams of tears,

   because people do not keep your law.



Luke 24:13–32 (NLT)

13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 16 But God kept them from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. 18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

19 “What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. 20 But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

22 “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. 23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! 24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, 29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. 30 As they sat down to eat,[b] he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. 31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”




God, you spoke your word which gives us life.

Forgive us for listening to others instead of listening to your words.

Jesus, you show us how to live according to God’s ways.

Forgive us for charging ahead and forgetting to speak to you.  

Spirit, you remind us of all God has promised.

Forgive us for closing our ears to your quiet prompting. 

Father, teach us your ways and how to delight in your word. Amen.