Road To Emmaus

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We meet Sundays at Cinergy Cinemas in COpperas Cove at 9:30 (Currently Drive-in style)

by: Timothy Fowler

04/21/2020

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(Read Luke 24:13-35)

It hardly matters what the topic is or how crazy the opinion, someone on social media will agree with it.

When going through difficult times, we often post on social media looking for affirmation or seeking advice. No matter how foolish the decision, someone will eventually affirm what I wanted to do or hear to begin with.

I can always find an excuse for behaviors and thinking in other, probably well intended, people. Therein lies a major problem; it is not that we encounter difficulty, it is who we run to when it comes.

Two men, walking on a road, headed home and discussing their current events, have a stranger come along and join the confab. Well, you’ve read the story, and (spoiler alert) it’s Jesus. The interesting thing about these two is that they followed Jesus. Now, they weren’t part of the twelve closest followers, but they were ardent believers. As friends do, they are trying to figure this whole Jesus was executed and somebody said his body was gone thing.

Jesus pointed them to the Bible and drew them into himself. Are you ready for this? (Trigger alert) It’s going to hit home. How many times have we tried to “figure it out,” or talk it through with our friends, post it on social media to at least get some empathy, but failed to consult the Word or take it to Jesus.

The two on the road got a great sermon from Jesus. I wish they had shared the outline. But, as Jesus pointed out, it was in the Scriptures for them all along. The Scriptures, as powerful as they are, weren’t quite enough…Jesus himself, personally, made it clear. “Did our hearts not burn as he spoke?” they said as they ran the instant replay after Jesus left.

Did these two get all their questioned answered on that road? They got a lot, but more important than getting answers to questions, they received meaning. That kind of met need only comes with a personal conversation with the savior himself.

What’s your first reaction to problems? Post it, text it, use the talk feature on your phone if it’s really serious? Or take it to Jesus with an open heart and open Book? You may not get all your questions answered but, better than that, you will find meaning and have your true needs met.

Be encouraged today.

Pastor Timbo

P.S. This old hymn comes to mind:

Are you weary, are you heavyhearted?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus;
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus;
Have you sins that to men's eyes are hidden?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus;
Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a friend that's well-known;
You've no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

(Read Luke 24:13-35)

It hardly matters what the topic is or how crazy the opinion, someone on social media will agree with it.

When going through difficult times, we often post on social media looking for affirmation or seeking advice. No matter how foolish the decision, someone will eventually affirm what I wanted to do or hear to begin with.

I can always find an excuse for behaviors and thinking in other, probably well intended, people. Therein lies a major problem; it is not that we encounter difficulty, it is who we run to when it comes.

Two men, walking on a road, headed home and discussing their current events, have a stranger come along and join the confab. Well, you’ve read the story, and (spoiler alert) it’s Jesus. The interesting thing about these two is that they followed Jesus. Now, they weren’t part of the twelve closest followers, but they were ardent believers. As friends do, they are trying to figure this whole Jesus was executed and somebody said his body was gone thing.

Jesus pointed them to the Bible and drew them into himself. Are you ready for this? (Trigger alert) It’s going to hit home. How many times have we tried to “figure it out,” or talk it through with our friends, post it on social media to at least get some empathy, but failed to consult the Word or take it to Jesus.

The two on the road got a great sermon from Jesus. I wish they had shared the outline. But, as Jesus pointed out, it was in the Scriptures for them all along. The Scriptures, as powerful as they are, weren’t quite enough…Jesus himself, personally, made it clear. “Did our hearts not burn as he spoke?” they said as they ran the instant replay after Jesus left.

Did these two get all their questioned answered on that road? They got a lot, but more important than getting answers to questions, they received meaning. That kind of met need only comes with a personal conversation with the savior himself.

What’s your first reaction to problems? Post it, text it, use the talk feature on your phone if it’s really serious? Or take it to Jesus with an open heart and open Book? You may not get all your questions answered but, better than that, you will find meaning and have your true needs met.

Be encouraged today.

Pastor Timbo

P.S. This old hymn comes to mind:

Are you weary, are you heavyhearted?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus;
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus;
Have you sins that to men's eyes are hidden?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus;
Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a friend that's well-known;
You've no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

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