Presentation on theme: "Seeing Jesus on the Way A Bible Study on Luke 24:13-35."— Presentation transcript:
Seeing Jesus on the Way A Bible Study on Luke 24:13-35
Luke 24 Three post-resurrection scenes: 1.24:1-12 – Women go to tomb and are told that Jesus is alive. 2.24:13-35 – Two disciples walk to Emmaus and eventually see Jesus. 3.24:36-49 – Jesus appears to his disciples and commissions them.
Luke’s Story of the Disciples Positive traits: (They try!) They leave everything to follow Jesus. Jesus gives them authority to preach and heal. Peter confesses Jesus to be the Messiah of God.
Luke’s Story of the Disciples Negative traits: (They don’t get it!) They don’t understand that Jesus must suffer and die. They squabble about who is the greatest and vie for power. They are often afraid; they betray, deny, desert Jesus.
Luke 24:13-35: Structure Part A: vv. 13-27 v. 13 – “Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.” Movement away from Jerusalem (v. 13) “But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” (v. 16) BLINDNESS Part B: vv. 28-35 v. 28 – “As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on.” Movement toward Jerusalem (v. 33) “then their eyes were opened and they recognized him” (v. 31) SIGHT
Luke 24:13: Setting the stage Who?Two disciples (Cleopas and friend) When?The same day (as the empty tomb was discovered) What?A journey Where?The road between Jerusalem and Emmaus
Luke 24:13-17 13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 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. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad.
Sight, vision, light in the Gospel of Luke Lk. 1:78-79: “By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.“ Lk. 2:30-32: “For my eyes have seen your salvation, you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel." Lk. 3:5: “Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low,... and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Lk. 6:41: “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?” Lk. 6:41: “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?”
Sight, vision, light in the Gospel of Luke Lk. 10:23: “Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.’” Lk. 11:34: “Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness.” Lk. 19:41-42: “As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”
Luke 24:19-24 Disciples’ response to “What things?” 1.Jesus’ identity and fate (vv. 19b-20) “a prophet mighty in deed and word...” “handed over to death and crucified” 2.The significance of Jesus’ death (v. 21) “We had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.” 3.The rumours of his resurrection (vv. 22-24) The tomb is empty “but him they did not see.”
Luke 24:25-27 Jesus’ response to the disciples "Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?" Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
Meals and Table Fellowship An important theme in the Gospel of Luke At least 19 meals, 13 of which appear only in Luke A metaphor for the Reign of God All are invited to the banquet The least are the greatest The hungry are fed
Jesus becomes host at the meal (v. 30) took bread blessed it broke it gave it to them
Jesus becomes host at the meal (v. 30) Feeding of the 5000 (Lk. 9:12-17) Took bread, blessed, broke, gave “You are the Messiah of God” (v. 20 ) Last Supper (Lk. 22:14-23) Took bread, gave thanks, broke, gave “This is my body given for you... This cup poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” (vv. 19-20)
“Their eyes were opened and they recognized him.” (v. 31) How? (v. 35) In what happened on the road (when Jesus opened Scripture for them) In the breaking of the bread
So What? 1.Scripture helps us understand and gives us the big picture. It is our “memory book”, our Story. 2.Fellowship in community and shared practice lead to new insight. “We do not gain a grasp of Scripture’s significance solely through lectures on the text; we come to understand it as we participate in the shared life of the community, enacted in meals shared at the table.” (Richard Hays)
So What? 3.Revelation is a gift. 4.The resurrection of Jesus makes discipleship possible. 5.Disciples are “witnesses” who share the good news. “We cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:21)