Sunday, April 23, 2017



2017.04.23                                   John 11: 45-57
              I am the resurrection and the Life              
                            Lazarus  Part 2
Good Morning…. I am glad to be with you this morning… I have Good News for You! His name is Jesus… We are on a great adventure… We are Experiencing the Life and ministry of Jesus… Once again this morning we are studying the Gospel of John…
We just Celebrated the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus last week… We also finished a series on the Resurrection… You can catch up by listening on line at the website… It was a big picture look at the events leading up to the cross and the resurrection… Beginning this morning we will pick up where we left off in the Gospel of John… We are going to take a closer look now at the last days of Jesus earthly ministry…
Turn in your Bible to John chapter 11… You will remember that In John chapter 11… Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead… Many people had witnessed the resurrection of Lazarus… This is Jesus´ final public miracle…   
The news of the raising of Lazarus from the dead will spread like wildfire through the crowds as they go up to Jerusalem… Everybody will hear what Jesus did… this morning we will read from John 11… v45… Jesus has just raised Lazarus from the dead! Incredible miracle…
John 11: 45-57                           NKJV   slt 2000
45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. 46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. 48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” 49 And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, 50 nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad. 53 Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death. 54 Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples. 55 And the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. 56 Then they sought Jesus, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, “What do you think—that He will not come to the feast?” 57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him.

Lazarus has been raised from the dead by the Spoken word of Jesus in John 11:44… scroll down… v45-48…
Many people are witnesses of this miracle… and they believed in Jesus…  v45… But… Sadly some  did not believe… They ran to tell the Pharisees what he had done…  v46…
Look at Verses 47,48…
The “Council” is the Sanhedrin, the Supreme Court of the Jewish nation… So the Jesus issue is huge now...
The Leaders of Israel are fed up with the growing fame of Jesus… They had been trying to shut Him up for a while now… Now they are becoming afraid… The goal of this council is not to find truth... They do not want to discover the truth…. They are determined to stop this man who said… I am the Resurrection and the Life… They refuse to repent and so they refuse to believe… The goal of this council is survival… They are determined to keep their power…  More and more people are becoming excited that perhaps Jesus is the long promised Messiah… They are afraid that this will encourage the Zealots to claim sovereignty for the state of Israel… The religious rulers are afraid that a religious rebellion may cause the Roman Empire to come crashing down on them… Then the little bit of freedom and autonomy that Israel has… Will disappear…  and The Romans may even destroy the temple and the nation…
So Jesus is now not just a blasphemer who needs to be stoned… John 10:33, 36… They see Jesus as a threat to   the existence of the very nation of Israel itself…
In response to this threat Caiaphas… the high priest… has a word from God… Because of his position… He has great authority and God will use him to prophesy to the people… look with me at v 49-53…
You know nothing… In other words… he rebukes them and then says… Here’s the solution… We kill him... Better that one die so the nation can survive… We kill him so that the Romans won’t kill us… He suggests the use of Jesus as a Substitute… His life for the nation… Caiaphas is being murderous and practical in his suggestion…. He is finally saying out loud exactly what he thinks is at stake… He wants to encourage unity in Killing Jesus… look at v51,52…  
Here John explains  Caiaphas’s words... It is Prophesy put in his mouth by God… It is the clear prophesy of the scriptures… Genuine substitution… It is not only for the Jewish people… But also for the gentiles… God gathering all believers into the church… v53… So now more than ever they are determined to Kill Jesus… look at v54-57… Jesus leaves His enemies and goes to an area on the edge of the wilderness… There are now standing orders to seize Jesus…. They will kill Him as soon as they get the chance… We can learn about God in this text… It is filled with soild truth… Let´s apply these truths to our lives… scroll down for the listlist…
Truth
1 God is Sovereign… John 11: 50,51
2 God has provided a Substitute… John 11: 50,51
3 God saves us because of His Grace… John 11: 50,51
4 The proper response Is Worship… John 12…

Application
1 God is Sovereign… John 11: 50,51… In these short verses we see the Sovereign plan of God to provide a substitute for our sin and pride and rebellion… The cross was not a mistake… God´s plan did not do wrong…. The cross was God´s plan from before the creation of the world… It is the ultimate expression of His grace and mercy…
So be strong in the face of hard times… No matter how bad it looks..
Because God is not simply watching and waiting to turn it all for good… He is involved in all of the events of our lives… He is active in our lives…. He is in them from the beginning… He has promised to use everything that happens for your good...
From the outside, the words of Caiaphas simply looked like a hostile human plan that would kill Jesus… But John shows us that the very words that called for Jesus´ execution were not just the words of Caiaphas, but God’s words…
 He prophesied… And God had a Sovereign plan for these events… And so it will be in your life… I think of the many times in the Bible where this proved true… Joseph… David… and of course… Lazarus…  Jesus said that his tragic death was for the Glory of God  John 11:4… 
Inside every disaster in our lives… God is at work… Working in us and through us for our good and His eternal Glory…
 Everything will be turned for our good… for your good…. I know that you don´t see it yet…. But The Word of God rings true… Look with me at Romans 8:18…
Romans 8: 18                   NKJV   slt 2000
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
18 Denn ich bin überzeugt, dass dieser Zeit Leiden nicht ins Gewicht fallen gegenüber der Herrlichkeit, die an uns offenbart werden soll.
Don’t get freaked out and judge by appearances… Trust the Sovereign plan of God… God has turned many apparent defeats into awesome victories through …
2 God has provided a Substitute
In the face of our own ongoing sinfulness… Yes even as believers we still battle our sin and pride… In fact…  If you are at all like me… Every day…  The Good news is that our Salvation does not depend upon us at all… We should take great comfort that the very heart of Christianity is substitution... The Substitutionary Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is the main string in the Scarlett thread of redemption… It is woven all through the Scriptures… so to paraphrase John 11: 50-52… look at it again please…. Scroll down…
John 11: 49- 52
When Caiaphas said these words… He meant… We will kill Jesus… so the Romans won’t kill us… But God meant… In my Sovereignity… I have provided the substitute… The lamb of God who takes away the sins of the entire world.. John 1: 29… I will kill my Son so I don’t have to kill you… 1 Peter 2:24 and 1 Peter 3:18…
God in His Sovereign plan sent Jesus to substitute Himself for our sins… He paid the price of our sin and rebellion… This Sovereign plan… This Substitutionary Atonement is the content of the Grace and Mercy that He has poured out on our lives… scroll down for the list…
3 God saves us because of His Grace…
We can take comfort in this very important truth… The end result for us is unfailing love and mercy… Grace to people who did not deserve it… People like me and maybe some of you…  
Paul talks a lot about this in his letter to the Romans… Romans 8…v1 says… There is no Condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus… None… This is so important for our daily lives… We have been redeemed… We can have rock- solid confidence in the total success of the cross… The cross… And the redemption that Jesus purchased for us… Cannot fail to save us… Because It is not dependent on us at all… Of course we do need to ask ourselves this question…. Are we truly in Christ…  Have we seen Jesus with our ears… Have we repented of our sins and cried out to Him to forgive us and wash us clean  If so… We have nothing to fear… What Grace… He who has begun a good work in us… The Father through the Lord Jesus…. He will be faithful to complete it… Philippians 1:16…
There is something else for us in this redemption… If you have trusted Christ as Savior and Lord… He has promised that He will never leave us…. He will never forsake us… It is all Jesus… He chose you… He bought you… He continues to transform us into the image of His dear son… also in Romans 8…  Memorize it for you own good…. It begins with…. No condemnation and ends with the promise of no separation… How wonderful is that… That leads us to the final point in our list…
4 The proper response Is Worship… John 12…
Remember there were no chapter breaks in the original texts… John 12..1-11…
John 12: 1-11    NKJV  slt 2000
1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. 2 There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. 3 Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 4 But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, 5 “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.
7 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. 8 For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”9 Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus..
 As we begin this chapter… we are entering the last week of Jesus´ earthly ministry… It is full of detail and we see Jesus clearly… Loving His own till the very end…
Look with me at John 12:1-3…
v2a… There they made Him a supper…  Less than a week before His crucifixion… Jesus attended a dinner with His friends… Martha, Lazarus, and Mary were also there…
v2b… Martha served… Without complaining this time… She was joyfully serving Her Lord…
v2c… Lazarus sat at table… You could say that he was communing with Jesus around a meal…. This is the picture of every Communion service…  Fellowship and communion with Jesus…
v3... Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus… Then  Mary Worshipped Him
We have in these three siblings a great picture of Ministry… Service… Communion… Fellowship and worship from the heart…. Generous and open for the world to see… Mary's gift was very humble… When a guest entered the home… Normally a servant washed  the guest's feet  with water… And the guest's head was anointed with a dab of oil or perfume... Here, Mary served Jesus… She used this precious ointment and anointed  Jesus´  feet… Her gift was extravagant... She used a large amount very expensive oil of spikenard… Spices and ointments were often used as an investment because they were portable… and were easy to sell if needed…
Mary's worship was done without thought of her audience… She also wiped His feet with her hair… This means that she let down her hair in public… That is something a Jewish woman would not do…
Last night we had a wonderful Praise and worship evening… The worship time was awesome… Robin brought the Word… It was awesome… What you missed it… Oh mannn… next time you need to come… You will be Blessed…. One of the texts that Robin used last night is a perfect summary of the points for today…
Look with me at 1 Peter 1: 3-8…
1 Peter 1: 3-8                NLT        Neues Leben
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. 6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
3 Gelobt sei der Gott und Vater unseres Herrn Jesus Christus, denn er hat uns in seiner großen Barmherzigkeit das Vorrecht geschenkt, wiedergeboren zu werden. Jetzt haben wir eine lebendige Hoffnung, weil Jesus Christus von den Toten auferstanden ist. 4 Denn Gott hat für seine Kinder ein unvergängliches Erbe, das rein und unversehrt im Himmel für euch aufbewahrt wird. 5 Und in seiner großen Macht wird er euch durch den Glauben beschützen, bis ihr das ewige Leben empfangt. Es wird am Ende der Zeit für alle sichtbar offenbart werden. 6 Freut euch deshalb von Herzen! Vor euch liegt eine große Freude, auch wenn ihr für eine Weile viel erdulden müsst. 7 Dies dient nur dazu, euren Glauben zu prüfen, damit sich zeigt, ob er wirklich stark und rein ist. Er wird erprobt, so wie Gold im Feuer geprüft und geläutert wird - und euer Glaube ist Gott sehr viel kostbarer als bloßes Gold. Wenn euer Glaube also stark bleibt, nachdem er durch große Schwierigkeiten geprüft wurde, wird er euch viel Lob und Herrlichkeit und Ehre einbringen an dem Tag, an dem Jesus Christus der ganzen Welt offenbart werden wird. 8 Ihn liebt ihr, obwohl ihr ihn nie gesehen habt. Obwohl ihr ihn nicht seht, glaubt ihr an ihn; und schon jetzt seid ihr erfüllt von herrlicher, unaussprechlicher Freude.
Inexpressible joy… Mary´s life is a study of devotion to Jesus... Look at the next section… 4-8…
v4… Judas Iscariot … who would betray Him… He is not happy about this very generous display of love and worship… In a short time Judas would betray Jesus, and his betrayal is so much darker when contrasted with the light of Mary's devotion to Jesus. No doubt, Judas objected to Mary's gift because he was convicted by her simple and powerful display of love. David Guzik…
Learning from Judas sin and rebellion…
Judas teaches us that outward appearances can be deceptive… Many people use a religious mask to prevent others from seeing the truth…  Judas hid his secret sin from everyone except Jesus… The Lord Jesus always knows…
v5… Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred, denarii… Judas had a sharp sense of financial values, but no appreciation of what God valued. He thought this was too much love and devotion to show to Jesus.
Judas criticized generous giving… He saw it as wasteful… Because he was greedy…  Question… Are we like Mary… extravagant in our love for Jesus…  Or are we like Judas… criticizing others who are?
v7… She has done this for the day of My burial…  Mary knew that Jesus was going to die… and so she knew that this might be her last chance to give this kind of gift of devotion to Jesus… I think that  Mary had more insight than the other disciples…  Maybe because she often spent time at Jesus´feet... v9-11…
 v10… The chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also… The chief priests were mostly Sadducees… and the Sadducees didn't believe in the resurrection...
v11… because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus…  Lazarus was a living example of life after death… and having him around was an embarrassment to their theological system... And as we see…. Many People believed on Jesus because of this miracle… For them, there was only one solution… to put Lazarus to death also…
Lazarus is living proof that Jesus is who He said he is… Look with me at John 11… v25,26…
John 11: 25,26                         NKJV   slt 2000
 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?“
25 Jesus spricht zu ihr: Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben. Wer an mich glaubt, wird leben, auch wenn er stirbt;
26 und jeder, der lebt und an mich glaubt, wird in Ewigkeit nicht sterben. Glaubst du das?
I am the Resurrection and the Life…  and whoever believes in me will never die… We will be focused like a Laser on the last week of Jesus earthly ministry as we move to the most important event of all time the Resurrection of Jesus… let´s review the list of the Promises found in the resurrection…
The promise of the Resurrection
1 It is the death of death
2 It is for our benefit
3 It produces thanksgiving
4 it is why we never give up
5 It is for the Glory  of God
Let´s pray…

Sunday, April 16, 2017



He is Risen!                                          2017.04.16
                     The Road to Emmaus     
                         Luke 24: 13- 35
Good morning!
He is risen… He is Risen Indeed! Thanks for coming this glorious morning…
Is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead… true?
The Answer of the Word of God is YES!!
The Answer of secular History is also YES! He is risen…
There is no other explanation of the facts of these last 2000 years… Jesus is Risen Indeed!
 It´s all true… Jesus is Alive…  And our salvation is certain… When Paul was writing the letters to the churches… He testified to the truth of the Resurrection… He reminded the Corinthians that hundreds of people saw the risen Christ… He wanted to assure them that their faith in Christ was real… Look with me at 1 Cor 15…

1 Corinthians 15: 1-8               NLT   Neues Leben

1 Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. 2 It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 5 He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. 6 After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.

Paul says and I also saw Him… The one who tried to wipe Christianity out in its beginning days… Yes It is all true… Jesus is Risen from the dead… More than 500 saw him at I time…. The apostles gave their lives testifying of the truth of the word of God And the truth of the resurrection…. Most of us have also seen Him… We have seen Him with our ears as we have heard the Good news of the Gospel and believed the Good news…. Jesus died in our place…. He suffered for us… He was crucified on a Roman cross… And on the third day… He rose from the dead!...
This is the most important reality in the world… It is God’s truth... When anyone repents and believes the Gospel… It becomes very real and very personal… Then they discover that the death and Resurrection Of Jesus from the dead is The most important truth of all… The truth that sets us free…

There’s only one place this truth is found and that is in the Scriptures, the Word of God, the Bible…… Only those who understand the Bible can know the truth about salvation and be saved from hell….. Only those who know the truth of the Bible can live fulfilled, obedient, blessed, effective, joyful lives….  Therefore the greatest thing that we can ever do for anyone is to explain to them the meaning of the Bible… Scroll down please

SCRIPTURE
1. need for understanding
We are lost and ignorant about the most important things of life… Finding Meaning in death and suffering for example…
2. the source of understanding
 The  Word of God produces understandingIt helps us understand the World around us…. It helps understand our our own sinful hearts…
3. response to understanding……
we repent of our sins… we believe the Gospel… we find joy…
The knowledge of Scripture produces joy…
To understand Scripture is to understand everything from God’s perspective… Only when we dig into the Word of God… believing that it is true… can we can understand   His universe  and His plan…  Faith and careful study helps to understand the meaning of Scripture… It´s a lifelong task (aufgabe)…

As we study the Word of God this morning…
I would like you to travel back with me in time this morning… It is the day of the Resurrection…
The  very best thing that you can do for anyone is to teach them and help them understand The Word of God… It transforms lives… It gives true freedom and great hope even in the midst of disaster… We have a powerful illustration of the power of the Gospel in Luke 24 this morning…  

It is the day of the Resurrection… The disciples have heard that Jesus is Risen! A few have already seen him… But most have not… And they are uncertain… As we pick up the events of that day we join 2 disciples on the Road to Emmaus… They are discouraged and confused… Is Jesus alive?... Where is he then… What is happening… What is the truth…?

Jesus gives them a clear understanding of Scripture…… He opens the Scripture and shatters the darkness and confusion with the light of truth…

How I wish we were there! Can you imagine?  Their hearts were on fire!
The Lord Jesus using the Word of God took them from despair to Joy!….. The disciples believed that all their hopes and dreams were destroyed at the foot of the cross…. Gone  because Jesus had been crucified…….
Can you imagine their disappointment…… Can you imagine their great Joy as Jesus explained the Word to them…… They went from the lowest despair to the highest joy……
Their hearts were on fire…… Lighted into flame by the Word of God!
There are 2 important Emmaus Road lessons for us to learn today… Scroll down please…
1. Jesus is Alive… Jesus truly rose from the dead…  Both His death and resurrection had been prophesied many times in great detail in the Old Testament……
Knowing that Christ is alive is the first great lesson…… The second great lesson is knowing that
2. Scripture is alive…..
The Word of God is what the Holy Spirit uses to transform hearts and lives…. It is how people born in this generation can see Jesus… They hear the Gospel… They see Jesus with their ears… Those are the lessons that we want to learn as we look at this tremendous event on the road to Emmaus……
In a wonderful act of love we meet Jesus on the road to Emmaus…  And Jesus is still teaching at every opportunity our Lord makes this glorious appearance and teaches this incredible lesson on  the Messiah  from the OT… And I love this…  He did it for 2 ordinary people……
The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important event that has ever happened in the history of the world….. His death and His resurrection are the events that seal redemption and forgiveness… If He doesn’t die and rise from the dead… there’s no salvation for anyone… the whole human race is damned to hell…
Because the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ are the most important events in Human history… They are predicted in Scripture…
Jesus said… Come…You should have known it… It is not the fault of the Scripture if you do not understand… It is clear… The Bible has been given to us so that we can understand…
The sadness and the confusion of these two on the road to Emmaus is because they didn’t understand the Scripture which they possessed…… notice this….
It wasn’t that they didn’t believe the Scripture…… They did….. It wasn’t that they didn’t think God wrote the Scripture….. They did…. It was because they had a very limited understanding of Scripture……They had been taught about the Glory and triumphant kingdom of the Messiah…They had heard these things from their youth… But they had not been taught the whole story… Their sadness and disappointment…… their confusion and their grief……. was related to the fact that they didn’t understand all that the prophets have spoken……. It´s often the same with us…. We are often confused and disappointed when we don´t understand what´s happening in our lives….. Sometimes we lose our faith and trust in the LORD because we do not have His Word hidden in our hearts… Or like these 2 disciples….. because what is happening to us doesn´t line up with our expectations… It doesn´t fit with our understanding of The Word….
When Jesus instead of establishing the Kingdom immediately… was crucified… They were wiped out… There was just no place in their understanding of Messianic theology for a dying Messiah… They expected that the Messiah would come and He would His Glorious Eternal Kingdom…
That part they believed… Unfortunately they were literally blinded to the suffering and the death part…….
And it wasn’t that Jesus didn’t tell them…… He had told them many times…
The Old Testament said it in detail They wanted to join His Forever Kingdom… They really didn’t want to die with Him… That’s why they were so upset  when He said, “I’m going to go to Jerusalem…  
When Jesus was crucified…They forsook Him and ran to hide… Only John stayed around at the cross… They thought it was over… And they were scratching their heads about how they could have been so wrong… Then came the news that Jesus´ tomb was empty… Angels had been seen…   The disciples were confused… had Jesus been raised from the dead…
So here two of them are walking home… Their hopes are gone… It’s over…
Luke 24: 13-16                          NKJV   slt2000
13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
verse 16 says… Their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him… and that was the way it was in every case after His resurrection... They don’t know who it is… He just joins them and walks along with them… look at v17,18…
Luke 24: 17,18       NLT Neues Leben
17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
V18… Cleopas says… What are you the only one who doesn´t know?... Haven´t you heard about everything that´s been going on?.. v19…
Luke 24: 19- 24           NKJV slt 2000

19 And He said to them, “What things?”So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

Naturally  Jesus knows all of this….. He just wants to hear from them… They’re confused about how this could happen… He is going to shine the light of scripture on their hearts…
The whole thing is too bizarre….. If He is alive and if He’s been alive since morning, since six o’clock this morning, ten hours ago, maybe, where is He?  
So they’re totally confused… They didn´t understand… They didn´t understand because they didn’t know the Scripture… Then Jesus tells them the whole story of redemption…
Luke 24: 25-27       NKJV  slt 2000
25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself
They are confused because they have a limited view of the Messiah…
They were right to expect the Messiah to reign and rule…… But that was only part of it…..
He calls them dull… Greek… (anoetos)….   He says that they are slow of heart…  He doesn’t blame the Scripture…  He doesn’t say, “Well, the Old Testament is a really hard book…The problem is not the Word…... Jesus simply says… Have you not read the Scriptures?
v 27… Jesus says… Wasn’t it necessary? Why did Jesus say that?
Because there are many passages in the Old Testament that speak of the Messiah suffering…….. And so  beginning with Moses…..
Jesus explained the Scriptures… It´s all about Him and His redemption…
The Old Testament is clear about the need for a substitute…
The Day of Atonement is a powerful picture of the need for the shedding of blood and for a substitute to bear our sins… It was celebrated every year…
There were daily sin and guilt offerings? And of course as was fresh in their minds… The Passover… A perfect symbol of substitution and sacrifice…
They knew that sin caused death… and that God would accept the death of a substitute… But they also knew that no animal ever offered satisfied God completely… Because they had to offer another animal and another one day after day… year after year… Those daily sacrifices did not and could not cleanse their hearts… They needed to be finally and permanently redeemed…
Everyone of them knew that sin brings death… The soul that sins, it shall die, said the prophet…
All of the sacrifices in the Levitical system were pictures of that final substitute that would come…  As we see in verse 27… Jesus… opens it all up to them…
He gives them a solid biblical understanding of the Messiah’s suffering… I wish there was more here, don’t you? I wish I knew all that He said…
We know what the Old Testament says about the suffering of Messiah…… So let me give you a little survey of what the lesson might have been like, okay?
The first Bible text about the Messiah…. According to the ancient rabbinical texts is Gen 1:2…… They taught that the Spirit of God moving across the face of the waters……. was the Spirit of the King Messiah!...
It was the ancient  rabbis who first taught that the Whole scripture is about the Messiah! I can imagine Him beginning with the beginning…. Genesis…
He might have started in Genesis 3:15 He might have told them, “Do you not know that I am the wounded seed of the woman who crushes the serpent’s head?” He might have stayed in Genesis for awhile….
Probably He went to Genesis 6 through 8 and recounted the history of the Flood… And as Peter does… Calling Jesus the Ark of safety…
I’m sure He stopped at Genesis 22 and reminded them of the story of Isaac……. There Abraham was prepared to offer up His only son……   but a ram caught in a thicket was used in Isaac’s place which is a true picture of Christ, the substitute…
I’m sure He must have gone to Exodus 12 talked about the Passover that they had just celebrated with Jesus… “Don’t you remember the Passover lamb… the Passover lamb had to be without blemish and without spot…  And if his blood was shed and splattered on the doorpost and the side beams, the angel of death would pass by that house….. I am the true Passover Lamb who protects the sinner from divine judgment….. I will the blood to their hearts and they will be clean…
I think He probably went to Exodus 16 told them that He was the true manna from heaven….. He said that to them before… in John 6…
I think He went in to Leviticus… and explained that all of the OT sacrifices are about the need for a substitute for sin…
Hebrews makes it clear that He is the true offering, the final permanent sacrifice… the perfect substitute…
All through First five books of Moses… every reference to the Day of Atonement pictured Him… and I´m sure that He made it clear that He was not only the sacrifice on the altar… but He was also the scapegoat who took away sin…
It´s a powerful picture of substitution…
I´m sure that He told lots of things from the Psalms… There are many Messianic Psalms… beginning in Psalm 2… The Messianic Psalms are A great place for your personal quiet times…
Surely He spent some time in Psalm 22…… Jesus is the one the psalmist hears when the Psalm begins, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” The very words He spoke on the cross…… Psalm 22 says, “He will be a reproach….. He will be sneered at…. His bones will be out of joint. His strength will be gone….. His hands and feet will be pierced….. His clothes will be divided up by lots as He dies…..All of these Crucifixion  Details are found in Psalm 22……
Maybe He went to Psalm 40 verse 7 which says, “Behold, I come in the scroll of the book, it is written of Me, I delight to do Your will, O God, Your law is within My heart… Hebrews says this text applies   to the Messiah…
I´m sure that Jesus took them to Isaiah… to the suffering servant passages that we talked about last week…
Isaiah makes it clear… The Suffering servant of the Lord is the King Messiah… and He is the permanent final substitute for our sins… 
JESUS is the final substitute… This is a picture of Messiah… It’s unmistakable…The lesson must have been stunning and staggering…
Now that brings us to the 3rd point in our outline…  knowledge of Scripture produces joy.
Remember…..  They don’t know who He is yet……. They still don’t know this is Jesus…… What fires their hearts is a better understanding of the Scriptures….   Anyone who explains accurately the Scripture can expect to see that kind of response… Understanding the truth fulfills the true believer’s deepest longings…  
The more we understand the Word of God The more sense we can make of our lives… And even when we do not understand what or why… Our faith is anchored in reality… Knowing the truth produces profound joy even in hard times… To understand the Scripture is to know God… and to know the things are the way the Scripture says they are… and that God’s plan is unfolding…  We understand that God is sovereign and His purpose is being accomplished… This is Awesome truth…
Here on the road on this first Easter day…These 2 men  are so excited… They are on fire on the inside… Here’s their response… v28,29…
Luke 24: 28,29               NKJV  slt 2000
28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
v29… Don´t go… stay with us…  
Why did they invite Him in?
The Word of God was coming alive… This is about more teaching…  It thrilled them… They still don´t know that they are with Jesus…
They only know that their fear and confusion is leaving them… as they see the scriptures clearer…Then… when he broke the bread… v30,31…
Luke 24: 30, 31  NKJV   Schlachter 2000

30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
Their eyes were opened….. Now they see that it is Jesus…… In an instant going from the depths of despair to the transcendent heights of joy, they recognized Him… And He vanished out of their sight…    
They had hoped He would be their Redeemer… and turns out He was… And now all the Scriptures made sense… They saw the big picture… Look at verse 32…
Luke 24: 32             NKJV Schlachter 2000
32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”
Their hearts were on fire with the deepest joy… Scripture was true… This was the Messiah…It was all part of the plan… He is alive…
verse 33…
Luke 24: 33-35              NKJV  
33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
Their hearts were burning while He was explaining the Scriptures…
Remember that what lit their hearts on fire was an understanding of Scriptures… They still did not know it was Jesus…
The Word of God is Alive… Down through the centuries… IT is still setting hearts on fire…. It is still being used by the Holy Spirit to transform hearts and lives…
The most important thing that we could ever do is explain and teach the Word of God to a lost and dying generation…  
It produces a burning heart… It transforms lives….. It comforts the faithful….
Jesus is alive… and the Scripture is alive… Their flaming hearts came from Him explaining  the Scriptures… And it turned in to zeal to preach the message… proclaim the Good News… What we’re talking about here is joy and testimony…
Two things that flow out of this, when your heart's on fire because you understand the Scripture… you have an internal joy because you know it’s the truth…
Close
The Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead is Historical fact… He Lives…. And He still changes lives…
The first Word of the Gospel is repent…. Repent and believe the gospel… What a tragedy if one of you here this morning is almost a Christian… I am calling on you today…. Repent and believe the Good news of the Gospel
Now I know that sometimes even we who are believers find our world shaken by the things that happen in our lives… we don´t understand… Where is the Lord? How could this have happened… We find ourselves on the rough road of our life… Where do we go…?
We go to the Word of God… Jesus is in our hearts… He is ready and able… More than able to open up the scriptures to us… It will set our hearts on fire…  And we will understand… The Word of God will teach and comfort and strengthen us… Look with me at… Hebrews 10… v35,36…
Hebrews 10: 35,36            NLT   Neues Leben
35"So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God's will. Then you will receive all that He promised. "
Great verses… v35… Confident trust… v36… Patient endurance… And finally… we receive everything that he has promised…
45 years ago… I bought a bible… Because a long haired hippie on TV said that God was real… That Jesus was a Savoir… that the Bible was true… He said that if I would read it for myself… I could find Jesus…
I sat down and read the bible… I began at Matthew 1… I read it nonstop… By the time I had spent a few days reading it…The Holy Spirit had used this book… to take out my heart of stone and give me a new heart of flesh… My eyes were opened to see Jesus… My heart was burning within me… It was all true… There was hope… The Resurrection of Jesus turned a disaster into Glory! Jesus sacrifice has once for all time made it possible for every disaster in our lives to be turned into Glory! It´s Good News!
There is hope! It´s all true… He is Risen! We have a Savior… His Name is Jesus!
Matthew 12: 21      NKJV  Schlachter 2000
21 And his name will be the hope of all the world.
He is Risen….. He is Risen Indeed!
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