HOPE ON THE ROAD – GOING FROM BROKEN TO A BURNING HEART
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” LUKE 24:13-18
WHEN WE ARE BROKEN IT’S HARD TO SEE ANYTHING ELSE BUT OUR OWN PAIN
JESUS WILL HELP US SEE THE TRUTH
19 “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. LUKE 24:19-21
OUR FALSE IDEAS NEED TO BREAK IN ORDER TO BE WHOLE
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. PSALM 40:2-3
26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. LUKE 24:26-29
JESUS WANTS YOU TO WANT HIM – HE’S NOT GOING TO FORCE YOU INTO RELATIONSHIP
So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. JAMES 4:7-10 MSG
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” LUKE 24:30-32
WHAT DOES A BURNING HEART LOOK LIKE? HOPE REBORN
HOW DO YOU GET A BURNING HEART?
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. LUKE 11:9
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. REVELATION 3:20
and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” JOHN 11:26
WHEN ALL SEEMED LOST, JESUS RESTORED HOPE
TALK IT OVER
- HAVE YOU EVER HAD A BROKEN HEART? HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO RECOVER?
- HAVE YOU EVER LOST HOPE BEFORE? HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?
- HOW HAVE YOU LET JESUS RESTORE YOU IN THOSE DARK TIMES?