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A Walk with Jesus
By Pastor John

Luke 24:13-32
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him. 17 He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?" They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?" 19 "What things?" he asked. "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. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24  Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see." 25 He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

Walk with Jesus
Spend time with Him.  The seven-mile (60 stadia = 7 miles) walk to Emmaus would take about 2 hours.
We don't need to literally walk, but we have to go the direction he is going.  Going to the casino, for instance, would not work.
One of the men is identified as Cleopas (vs. 18).
Cleopas is the husband of the virgin Mary's sister. (John 19:25). He is Jesus's uncle by marriage.

Talk with Jesus
They talked to Him about what they had seen, and their understanding of things. We probably have only a snippet of what was said. The walk was two hours long.

19 "What things?" he asked. "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. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."

They no doubt shared their sadness and disappointment that Jesus was dead.
17 He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?" They stood still, their faces downcast.

Listen to Jesus.  Let Him illuminate the Scriptures.
25 He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets (his message was a long one), he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

They so enjoyed it, they didn't want it to stop.  When they reached their destination, they urged Jesus to spend the night with them. (vs. 28-29)

Continue until your heart is burning
Luke 24:32
32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

This is not a figure of speech.  It is a real feeling.  It is the Lord stirring in our hearts.

I once had a man in my church join me for an hour of prayer.  After the hour, he asked what that feeling was. He had never felt it before, because he had never prayed for an hour before.

Go tell someone what Jesus said to you
Luke 24:33-36
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon." 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. 36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."


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