I gleaned from today’s sermon given by guest minister Emmett Pogue.
The Scripture reading for Sunday’s sermon was from Luke 24:13-35 about the
Emmaus Road. As two followers of Jesus were walking, Jesus
appeared to them and asked what they were talking about. But they did not distinguish this was the
Luke 24:13-16 NASV Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from
, 14 and talking
with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were
talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes
were kept from recognizing him. Jerusalem
Many of us have associated with someone who was just a bit “off, or a bit daft.” We wonder how these men failed to acknowledge that this was Jesus walking with them.
The Bible indicates their eyes were prevented from seeing Him. Was it fear, grief, doubt and unbelief that clouded their natural eyes?
To those men, nothing made sense. Their natural senses and intelligence could not fathom the events of the past three days.
May we focus on ourselves? How many times do we miss realizing that Jesus is walking with us day after day? Do we fail to incorporate His ever presence into our daily lives?
How often do we ask Jesus to stay with us in our times of need, and then fail to become conscious that he has promised to never leave us or forsake us?
At the end of our Emmaus story, Jesus did a vanishing act and disappeared from their sight. At once they became aware that it was Jesus and they were astounded and said, did not our hearts burn within us as he spoke to us?
Their response was to quickly return to
and meet with the others and share the good news. They had seen the Lord with their physical
A while later most of the disciples met in a locked room. It was a bit crazy to lock the door, because Jesus entered where they were - - apparently through the walls. You might say extra sensory perception.
Today we do not see and touch Jesus today with our physical senses, but we must experience Him in the Spiritual Sense.
It is essential and a necessity to enter into the supernatural sense by an intimate personal encounter with Jesus.
Then like the disciples, we will be compelled to rush out and proclaim that Jesus is alive.
We should not be surprised if some will say of us “They have taken leave of their senses.