By Rev Bill Woods
This is a really nice story!
– It’s a picture of life.
2 people are trudging along the road, trying to make sense of all that’s happened that week.
– They’ve been in Jerusalem for the Passover — now they’re heading home.
– When they’d gone to Jerusalem, they had no inkling of what would happen.
– They’d been followers of Jesus Christ and had witnessed His Triumphal
entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and seen His arrest, torture, and
crucifixion by the weekend.
– What an ordeal they’ve been through!
It’s like a picture of life because we’re all heading toward home and we all experience horrific ordeals from time to time.
We don’t know who these 2 were. One was named Cleopas — we’re not told the other name.
– One source thought they might be husband and wife — the 2nd person was Mrs. Cleopas.
I like the idea of God walking with couples as they travel hand-in-hand along the Road of Life.
– We all travel the Road of Life — Watergate Senator Sam Ervin: “My Fellow travelers to the tomb.”
Let’s see how this story resembles life.
– It’s a road on which for one reason or another, we all tend at times to feel sad.
Luke 24:17– And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
What a waste Christ’s death seemed to be!
– He was young, energetic, popular, exciting — NOW HE WAS DEAD!
Often things happen that we can’t make sense out of because we can’t see them from God’s perspective.
– Going up in the Space Needle…………
If we saw the whole picture like God does, we’d realize the beauty of what’s happening to us.
– We’ve a tendency to stop and feel sorry for ourselves and complain about our lot in life.
– How things just never go right!
May 11, 1996, Demingo Pacheco was on a tight schedule to catch a plane out of Miami.
– The left rear tire of his Cadillac blew on the Palmetto Expressway.
– For an hour he sweated under the broiling sun changing that tire.
– As he finished, his mother called on his cell phone and said, “Where are you?”
– He said, “I’m stuck on the freeway changing a flat tire — I’ve missed my flight!”
She shouted, “Turn your radio on and thank God. The plane you were going to be on crashed in the Everglades!”
– Demingo Pacheco would’ve been aboard Value Jet Flight 592 except for that flat tire.
Normally, thanking God for a flat tire seems crazy, but we’re to give thanks “in all things.”
– Good doesn’t necessarily mean health — not all Christians are healthy.
– It doesn’t necessarily mean wealth — not all Christians are wealthy.
– God’s purpose for you isn’t to be healthy, happy, rich or famous.
His purpose is found in Romans 8:29 — For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Paul said, we’ve been “predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.”
– God’s purpose for you is that you be like Jesus.
We need to learn to trust God for what He’s accomplishing — for His Blessings…
After two failed attempts at landing, a balloonist panicked. Frantically, he searched for a third spot to attempt a touchdown, but all he could see for miles was thick woods. He had only half of one tank of propane left. Nevertheless, he felt his only option was to hit the burners and try to find a clearing.
Nearly paralyzed with fear, he cried out to God, “Help me. Take control of this situation. Lord, find me a safe place to land!”
With that prayer, a feeling of calm came over him. His fingers unclenched and he felt a wave of peace.
Even so, the landscape below sped by and he had no idea where his ground crew might be.
Then he spotted a small clearing directly ahead – and in it, two of the biggest bulls he’d ever seen.
– “Lord, I trusted You to find me a safe place to land, and I trust You completely with those bulls!”
He held on tightly as the basket hit the ground roughly, tipped over, and was dragged along the ground for about fifty yards.
To his amazement, the bulls seemed oblivious to all the commotion.
Almost instantly, his ground crew came racing toward him.
– One of them said, “You got caught in some nasty wind shear. It’s a miracles you kept control.”
The balloonist knew the true miracle. The true miracle was that he had given up control.
God may not always answer our prayers the way we think they ought to be answered.
– When we give up all control, and simply trust Him, He will handle any obstacle that gets in our way.
Once we quit worrying and complaining and start praising — it’ll change our perspective.
– Moth on rag rug
We must learn to trust God in any and all circumstances.
It’s a road on which all of us may meet a “Mysterious Stranger,” who knows the answers to all our problems and offers us His tender friendship.
Luke 24:18 — 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?”
These 2 people on the road to Emmaus felt like total losers.
Luke 24:19-21 — 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.
They’d invested their hopes, dreams, trust, plans in Christ — NOW HE WAS GONE!
– Had they been scammed — duped?
How could the bottom have fallen out so completely and quickly?
– Where could they go from here?
– NOTICE: Christ wasn’t very far away!…………
We’re all a bunch of losers!
– Me and my plans and ambitions.
“Most of us feel like losers!” — That’s true! Sometimes that’s good!
– We have to come to that place in our lives before we surrender to God and let
Him make us winners — Apostle Paul.
Thank God for failure because it’ll drive us right to Him.
– Sometimes we don’t realize this fact.
Luke 24:25-31 — 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.
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.
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.
Christ puts things in proper perspective when we let Him into our lives and homes.
– He can meet our needs and give us the strength we need for today.
They came to a fork in the road and Christ indicated that He would go on. They asked Him to spend the night at their place.
They served Him supper, He took over the duties of a Host and broke and distributed the bread.
- As He did this, they suddenly recognized Him.
That’s what He promises He will do in Revelation 3:20 — “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
What an experience these 2 had when they finally figured out they’d been with Christ!
– Suddenly, their lives took on new purpose and meaning.
– What they’d done before wasn’t wasted!
– Jesus would help them piece together the pieces of their lives.
Suddenly He disappeared, but listen to their conversation after this wonderful experience.
““Didn’t our hearts feel strangely warm as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” — Luke 24:32
– Every need they had was now satisfied.
– We worry, fret, borrow trouble — but Christ satisfies!
– He can and will satisfy your needs today too!
Often what we think is difficult almost impossible to cope with just might be the exact thing we need to strengthen us and give us victory.
This couple had been through some very harrowing and turbulent times, but what a difference now that Christ had calmed the turbulence.
- Turbulent times can help us be overcomers if we will let them.
TURBULENT WINDS CAUSE THE EAGLE TO FLY HIGHER.
Life’s troubles should cause the Christian to seek closer fellowship with the Lord. Troubles should cause us to fly higher.
TURBULENT WINDS GIVE THE EAGLE A LARGER VIEW.
When our lives are touched by troubles and we flee to God we begin to see the reason and result of lower living.
TURBULENT WINDS LIFT THE EAGLE ABOVE HARRASSMENT FROM OTHER BIRD OF PREY.
As we walk with the Lord it is difficult, if not impossible, for us to be harassed by the troubles or troubler of life.
TURBULENT WINDS ALLOW THE EAGLE TO USE LESS EFFORT.
We struggle the most when we live in lower spiritual altitudes. If we draw nigh to God, we will find how really simple life is meant to be.
TURBULENT WINDS ALLOW THE EAGLE TO STAY UP LONGER.
When we experience fellowship with God; His peace, comfort and love, there will be a desire to remain close to Him. When troubles come we learn immediately to stretch forth our wings and fly high into the presence of the Lord.
TURBULENT WINDS HELP THE EAGLE TO FLY FASTER.
The more we soar above the cares and troubles of life, the more effective we will be in accomplishing the work God has called every Christian to – Glorifying Him and evangelizing the world in which we live.
He goes before us — don’t worry about tomorrow — Live today!
Then, this is the picture of the road that leads home at last.
I’m intrigued that when they reached their destination, Jesus was able to answer all their questions as to,“Why?”
One day He’ll answer your questions too.
– It’ll make sense — it’ll be beautiful!
– IT WILL BE WORTH IT ALL WHEN WE SEE CHRIST!