Luke 24 sunrise
Introduction Luke 24:13-18 March 27, 2005 Sunrise
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
The question is amusing. Jesus was the only one who did know exactly what was going on here.
I. Pilate Didn’t Know What Was Happening.
A. To him Jesus was only another trouble-maker to be gotten out of the way.
B. He did have his doubts, though. He asked Jesus, “Are you a King.”
C. He did say to those who asked for guards to stand watch over the tomb to make it as secure as they could (Matthew 27:62-65). Is there a hint of uncertainty in those words?
D. But Pilate had no idea he was sending to the cross the Savior of the world.
E. Pilate was not of royal blood. He had received his position through influence and prestige. He did not know he was condemning a King who was the Son of God.
F. Pilate didn’t know that he could never destroy Jesus. That all the power of Rome could not destroy Him nor destroy the Cause He came to establish.
II. Herod Didn’t Know What Was Happening.
A. He thought he was getting rid of a rival and a troublemaker. He didn’t know that one can never get rid of Jesus
B. He thought his puny guards could keep Jesus in the tomb. He didn’t know it was not possible to keep Jesus in the tomb.
II. The Women Didn’t Know What Was Happening.
A. If they had, they would not have wasted money buying spices for further embalming (Mark 16:1 And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.).
B. If they had, they would not have worried about rolling away the stone from the opening to the tomb (Mark 16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher?).
C. If they had, they would have been neither bewildered nor afraid (Mark 16:8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulcher; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.).
D. If they had, Mary would not have been weeping (John 20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher).
E. If they had, Mary Magdalene would not have said, “They have taken my Lord away and I don’t know where they have put him” (John 20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him).
III. The Disciples Didn’t Know What Was Happening.
A. To some faith was now finished. The two in our text put their faith in the past tense; “We had hoped,” they said.
B. To others faith was only fiction. When the apostles heard of the resurrection the story “seemed to them like nonsense” and they did not believe (Luke 24:11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not).
C. To others faith was only fantasy (Mark 16:11, 13; John 20:9 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.).
D. In every resurrection appearance people are surprised to see the risen Christ (Luke 24:37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.).
IV. We Often Do Not Know What Happened Here.
A. We don’t know that His resurrection gives assurance of the judgment (Acts 17:31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”).
B. We don’t realize that His resurrection gives assurance of the forgiveness of sins (1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.).
C. We don’t realize that His resurrection gives us our only hope (1 Corinthians 15:18, 19 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.).
In our text the One who knew helped those who didn’t know by (1) teaching them the Scripture, (2) walking along the way in fellowship with them, and (3) by breaking bread with them.
Today we come to faith through Scripture (Romans 10:17) just as they did long ago. Our faith is confirmed in the breaking of the bread (i.e. Communion). Our faith is completed when we walk with the Lord in fellowship with Him.