So Close & Yet So Far

After The Resurrection Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree
The Road To Emmaus – So Close & Yet So Far
Sometimes we can be so close to something and yet not see it, not appreciate it, not touch it.
Jesus one time said that the Kingdom of Heaven was at had – it’s in reach – it’s so close He added Repent (turn) and believe the Gospel (Good News)
The King was among them but they couldn’t see Him, they couldn’t appreciate Him, they couldn’t touch Him – So close and yet so far
Sometimes we’re looking for God in the spectacular or in people of renown – but there are so many times that God shows up in the obscure and ordinary.
The Road To Emmaus is such a place, obscure with ordinary people walking on it.
Luke 24:13   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.   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?”   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?”   Luke 24:19   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.”   Luke 24:25   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.   Luke 24:28   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.   Luke 24:30   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.   Luke 24:32   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.   Luke 24:36   Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”   Luke 24:40   When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.

Two unknown and ordinary people on their way toward and obscure destination.   We do know one of their names – Cleopas – we don’t know the others – some scholars say person may have been Cleopas’ wife and that could make sense seeing that she’s left unnamed.   You see, in that time and culture women and children were generally disregarded and overlooked.   But Jesus loved to look at the overlooked – He loved to include the downcast – the disregarded.   After all, didn’t He protect the woman caught in the act of adultery – didn’t He use the little boys lunch to feed thousands of people?   He called the notorious tax collector Matthew to be His disciple? He touched the leper.   He healed a Roman soldiers child. He talked to the outcast at the Samaritan well.   He loved the unseen, disregarded and obscure people.