All kinds of things disappoint us in life, don’t they? In fact, its hard to remember a week where something didn’t disappoint me in some way…not sure if that makes me a whiner or not, but I’m just being real. Whether its the deeper disappointments that come from wars or economies or failed relationships; or the shallow disappointments of sports teams shuffling ’round quarterbacks – we all face things that let us down and cause us sorrow. That’s just sort of the nature of the road we travel in life.
Our study this Sunday will be in Luke 24:13-35 and we’ll meet some fellow travelers on a disappointing road.
As you read the passage, what do you notice about seeing and not seeing, visible and invisible? When Jesus started walking with the travelers, what characterized their attitudes? What does that tell us about where Jesus meets us in our life?
V 21 reveals what hope had been dashed for these travelers. How did their expectations play a role in their present disappointment?
The obvious lesson that emerges in this section is Jesus’ skillful presentation of the Word that provides the travelers with a fresh vision. How does that apply to our own lives right now?
What does v35 say caused the travelers to know the stranger was Jesus? When they see it’s him, they suddenly can’t see him anymore, but they are filled with new hope and activity. Why do you think that is?
This is one of my favorite stories in the gospels. This, like no other account, is directly relating to our every day experience as followers of Christ 2,000 years after his death and resurrection. Try on the character of the travelers and see how the story relates to you. You may find yourself being ambushed by grace!
Hope to see you Sunday!