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Topic: MAP (01/31/19)
TITLE: Emmaus Map
By Joanney Uthe
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” Peter drew me a map to his cousin’s house. I’ve been before but didn’t trust myself to find it. Not in this state of mind.”
”I just don’t know what to make of Mary’s story this morning. I want to believe it, but is it really possible?” Cleopas shook his head.
Another joined the two companions and asked what they were discussing. “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” Cleopas asked the stranger.
“What things?" He asked.
”About Jesus of Nazareth,” responded the friend. “He was a prophet. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death and crucified, but we had hoped he would be the one to redeem Israel.”
”It has been three days since all this took place,” Cleopas added. “And some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning, but couldn’t find his body. They told us they had seen visions of angels who said he is alive.”
”How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory!” the stranger asked. "Did not God promise Moses he would send a prophet and put His words in the prophet’s mouth? (Deut 18:15-19) Did not Isaiah foretell of John the Baptist calling in the desert to make way for the Lord? (Isaiah 40:3-5) And that He would be rejected by man? Pierced for our transgressions? The iniquity of all would be laid upon Him? And He would be assigned a grave? (Isaiah 53:3-9)
Cleopas and his friend walked the seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus, listening in amazement as the stranger walked them through the Scriptures, showing them a road map of God’s plan for the Christ.
”’And after the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life, and be satisfied;’” the stranger quoted. “Does this passage from Isaiah (53:11) not foretell what your women experienced this morning? That He would rise again?”
”Rabbi, we are nearing our destination. Please join us for the evening.” As they sat and ate, the stranger broke bread. When He handed it to them, Cleopas and his friend realized it had been Jesus they were talking and walking with all along. Suddenly, He disappeared from their sight. The two friends rushed back to Jerusalem to share their experience with the other disciples.
Story based on Luke 24:13-35
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