Luke 24“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.
How many times did Jesus tell them in detail? Oh wait, how many times does He tell us what we need or should do, in detail?
The Road to Emmaus (about 7 miles)
These 2 men, one names ‘Cleopas’ were obviously disappointed in the ending of the story.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.
Well, just a week before they saw Jesus enter Jerusalem on a donkey making a public profession that He was the King. They “thought” Jesus was coming to redeem Jerusalem with a military conquest. (I guess they should have read the scriptures)
On the road to Emmaus, Jesus gave a lesson on the prophecies of the Old Testament which were fulfilled in His death and resurrection. What a lesson that would have been!
(I have a better one in the Handout Section if you want to print)
The word Believe is used 289 times in the Bible. Look at John. As you read, focus in on the Purpose and Message.
The Purpose of John’s Gospel
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
So this seems like the perfect ending to the Book of John. BUT we have one more…John 21 (and it is fabulous).
Peter: after denying Jesus 3 times Peter, probably feeling defeated and ashamed meets with Jesus.
We can tell Peter is a natural leader, people follow HIm. The conversation with Peter is monumental and relatatable.
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?(Agapeo-God’s love is described as the Greek word agapao, which means unconditional love, preferential love that is chosen and acted out by the will. )
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” (Phileo-this one signifies friendship, fondness, affection, delight, and personal attachment. This word is on of feeling – a heart of love)
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” (Agapeo?)
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” (Phileo)
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” (Just Phileo)
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” (Yes, Phileo)
We end John with a reminder that we Jesus did SO many more things than were recorded. I could only imagine!
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.