He is Risen Easter Sunday 4.12.20
Luke tells about the two men on the road to Emmaus. The village of Emmaus was approximately 7 miles from Jerusalem. The fact that Jesus showed up on that road at all blows a hole in the theory that He never really died He just took a nap…a three day nap and with dislocated ankles and wrists and hernias from the spear in His side…woke up moved a 2000 stone guarded by highly trained Roman soldiers and then traveled nearly 7 miles and talked with these two men.
But I loved verse 30-32 of Luke Chapter 24 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?”
Communion is a powerful thing…for the sole purpose of it is to bring us to fellowship with Christ. When was the last time your heart was burning within you after reading the scriptures?
Let Communion bring you closer to Jesus this morning.
Psalm 107:8 8Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
There was a once Sunday School student that could hardly answer any of the ten questions that he was asked. Every time he was asked a question, he thought for a long time, and still got the wrong answer. This went on and on and on...The Sunday School teacher was becoming pretty frustrated, and decided to throw an easy question. She asked,"Who are we celebrating Easter for?" The student thought for a very long time. That made the teacher very angry, so she screamed,"Jesus " As soon as she had said that, the student got up and went headed back to his seat. "Get back here! I did not ask you to leave yet!" The teacher yelled. The student replied," I'm sorry, I thought you called the next student."
John comes to church once a year--always on Easter. Their glad to have this local rancher join them in worship and the pastor shook his hand heartily as he left the church.
"Great to worship with you today!" the pastor said.
"Really?" he responded.
"Sure. It's always good to have you with us on Easter,"
He scratched his head. "Well, maybe I'd come more often if you'd preach about something different!"
Easter isthe most amazing day of the Christian year. Jesus Christ has risen from the dead….He is Alive! And we get to , together, celebrate the risen Lord!
I Peter 1:3-5
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
I talked about Peter’s denial a couple of days ago. Whatever his motivation may have been it was the wrong thing to do, but Jesus knew it was going to happen and it was going to happen to Peter.
Peter is an interesting character. He was reactive in nature. He didn’t always think before he spoke or acted. Simply put, he was like us. So I was intrigued to read how Peter responded to the fact Jesus had actually come back from the tomb.
No one had greater reason to want to see Jesus alive again than Peter. The last time they saw each other he was staring into the eyes of Jesus after his third denial and he went out and wept bitterly the Bible says. So he has been living with this denial for several days.
Let’s read from Luke chapter 24 verses 1-12
24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
We see here in verse 12 Peter almost involuntarily got up and started running to the tomb. If there was a chance Jesus was alive he was going to find out. Everybody else thought the women were out of their minds. Peter had to find out. Peter had to see. Before Jesus appears to the Disciples He appears to, walks with and shares communion with two men on the road to Emmaus.
I bring this up because in verses 28-31 of chapter 24 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.
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.
Some people ask me why we take communion every Sunday. My answer is simple: Through Communion we see clearly what Christ did for us in the death burial and resurrection just like these two gentlemen. Communion gives us a clear, pure picture of our Savior! It allows us to restore and renew our relationship to honorable standing with God. We need to be reminded we are human and therefore we are prone to fall down occasionally. Communion picks us up and says you’re ok now be on your way.
Now in verses 36-49
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece