Luke 24:28-36 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Disciples’ Eyes Opened
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.
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?”
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.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”
A U.S. Constitution is penned that a manuscript when held a little distance, reveals George Washington.
--For years I have cherished a painting of Jesus but His likeness is made up of dozens of other people!
--When one looks at the people, they see Jesus!
--All kinds of people - but Jesus is in the midst!
That is what I find as I read the Bible, Jesus in the midst of all the Holy Scriptures, start to finish.
--It is true in Luke 24, "Jesus stood in the midst."
--In fact, Jesus walked with two sad disciples, even talked with them, "in their midst," and these knew it not! So self-occupied .. unaware of God!
--Don't you imagine, for those "Born again" that Jesus is often in our midst, and we may not know it?
--His followers may have sadness or ills, but a tiny sparrow cannot fall without God's knowledge; so we can't be sure that the Lord will carefor His own.
I've had people in tears, asking, "Where is God?"
--We know where God is, but where are we, with God?
--Jesus said, "I will never leave, nor forsake you."
--God is where He always has been - "in the midst."
--God says, "Call to Me I will answer you" (Jer. 33:3).
We see this clearly in Luke 24:28-36, turn with us.
--This great chapter of Jesus' resurrection, following His cross. The day He arose. Not all knew it.
--Two disciples, unaware of His rising, walked to Emmaus from Jerusalem, very sad Jesus was crucified.
--They had not heard Jesus had risen from the dead!
--Jesus joined their walk, unidentified, at first.
What did Jesus do? He rehearsed all events to them, from the Word of God, showing it all as God's plan.
--Arriving at suppertime, they invited this Stranger to dinner - and Jesus gratefully joined them.
--There "in the midst" Jesus does an amazing thing.
--Jesus "took bread, blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them" (v 30). Not the host, but Jesus.
Now watch - did they see His scars? - "eyes were opened, and they knew Him; He vanished from sight."
As they reflected on this, look what they said.
--"Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures unto us?" (v 32). God speaks in Scripture.
--When we open His Word, a similar feeling comes.
--Aware of His presence, "our hearts burn within."
--We have the presence and power of God, with us.
So what did these disciples do, after Jesus left?
--They also left - for Jerusalem. To tell others!
--They were told, "The Lord is risen indeed and has appeared to Simon" Peter. They rejoiced!
--Then they told them, "the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known in the breaking of bread".."and how their hearts burned."
Watch! "As they said these things, Jesus Himself, stood in the midst of them" (v 36!) Appeared again!
--Our Savior! "In the midst" to comfort, assure.
--To share our burdens, trials, sorrows, sufferings.
--Paid our sin debt, taking our place on a cross.
--Rising again! So we "may live, ever with Him."
Pray for His presence. His salvation. Forgiveness.
--Ask for God's guidance. Wisdom. To be blessed.
--Let His Holy Word soak deep in our heart.
--When "born again" in Him, we wath what we hear.
--We watch what we see - especially on TV, movies.
--We watch what we say - speaking the truth in love.
Like a parent longs for our children to obey, and be near, so does our loving Heavenly Father.
I think of the prophet, Jeremiah, who suffered much.
--Because of the evils and idolatry of Israel, faced captivity to a foreign land and many hardships.
--But "The word of the Lord came, 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations'" (Jer. 1:4,5). A plan to be in our midst!
Rejoice, we have "Jesus in the midst." Let's search.
First, Jesus is in the midst of the Triune God.
--"The Lord our God, the Lord is one" (Deut. 6:4).
--There is - and can only be - one, true, living God.
--The Bible teaches this One, Almighty God is a Trinity, one in three - Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
--And Jesus is ever in the midst of the Godhead.
--From Creation to Revelation - the Trinity revealed.
Jesus was "in the beginning,", in eternity; always is.
--He was "with God, and was God..all things..were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made" (John 1:1-3). As God, as Creator.
--In the midst of creation - is Jesus, our Lord.
Jesus came in human flesh as God to show us what God is really like 0 a God of love, grace, truth, right.
--We need a God like that, to "dwell among," in us.
--To have "Christ in you the hope of glory." In us!
--And we "in Christ." By His Holy Spirit within.
There was a radical unbeliever in a small town, on a main street, who put up a large sign of moveable letters, with the words, "GOD IS NOWHERE!" All saw it.
--But a windstorm came and moved the letters a bit.
--The sign then read, "GOD IS NOW HERE!" He is!
Friend, it is dangerous to deny, or defy, God.
--I've known people who have done that so strongly - only to die suddenly a short time later.
--God is God. He's sovereign. He's in control.
We see Jesus when He was about twelve years old, was in Jerusalem at the Passover, "in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions." Amazed them at age 12.
--Luke 2:47 says, "All who heard Him were astonished, at His understanding and answers." His wisdom.
Jesus was in the midst of His people - to bless.
At the baptism of Jesus we see the Trinity, and Jesus is in the midst. It is at the Jordan River.
--Being baptized by John the Baptist, we see Jesus is confirmed by the Father and Holy Spirit.
--Jesus "saw the Spirit of God, descending like a dove and alighting upon Him". Spirit becomes visible!
--The Father said, "This is My beloved Son" (Mt. 3:17).
--Adding, of Jesus, "in Whom I am well-pleased."
--Then when tempted of the devil - in the midst of a 40-day desert of trouble and trial - Jesus a victor!
--In a storm at sea, He became to fearful disciples to be "in their midst" and calm the waves and winds.
Are you in hard times? Let Jesus be there with you.
--Maybe disappointed? Discouraged? Or depressed?
--Sorrowful? Lonely? Marriage, or family, problem?
--Out of work? Finances? Or health not the best?
--Put Jesus "in the midst." Pray, and let Him lead.
--The more we put the Lord in our life, the better.
--May not "cure-all" - but there in all His grace.
--Remember, Jesus had a cross. Let's bear ours.
--For a resurrection is coming soon to the faithful.
Another thing to see, Jesus in the midst of worship!
--God knows what we face - why He calls to worship.
--Jesus said, "where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
--Circle those words, from Matthew 18:20, please.
--Pray together as families. And worship together.
--Jesus said, "I am there." Will we ..be there?
This should encourage Bible reading, prayers - grace at meals, and the family altar - often worshiping.
The Lord Jesus wants to be in your heart and home.
--In each beloved human life, and everyone's family.
--The Bible declares that He wants to be Savior-Lord of everyone,everywhere - to be Lord of all!
--And, my friend, if He is not Lord of all our life, then, He's not Lord at all. Lord, means Lord.
To aid in overcoming temptation, and to pardon us if we sin - and we will, some - we need Jesus to save.
--To repent, believe, receive Him to reside in us.
I point you to Calvary's Hill, with three crosses as three men suffer and die there. Where is Jesus?
--Jesus is in the midst - taking our place! - "crucified between the two thieves" (Luke 23:33; John 19:18).
--For our sins..dying for us, so we may live.
--What a Savior! None in all the world, like Jesus!
--Put Him in your midst. - Wilbert D. Gough ThD 94