“O Foolish Men…”
April 1, 2018
A pastor in California tells the story of a secondhand store in California that resells wardrobes of “the stars” of Hollywood. If you have enough cash, you can buy something worn by your favorite actor and play your own role, pretending to be that star. A number of years ago, this pastor drove by the shop during the Passion Week and saw a sign in the window: “Have a firsthand Easter with a secondhand Easter bonnet worn by a star!”
There is, of course, only one thing that will give anyone a “firsthand” Easter and that is by meeting the Savior who was there that day and who is the sole reason for the Easter remembrance.
I love that you don’t need to be convinced of that statement. I love that you love the Easter resurrection story and that Christ of the resurrection. He is central to this story and He is central to all of life.
There are often many questions about the nature of Christ and the message of Easter, so to remind us about the simplicity of the Easter message and the centrality of Christ to that message, let’s go back to a conversation between two men who were particularly sad on Easter morning, and how the revelation of Christ transformed their lives.
These two disciples had seen Jesus before, had undoubtedly traveled with Him, had heard His words, and had seen His works, but had never seen Him like they did a the end of the first Easter day. Turn with me to the story of Jesus on the Emmaus Road, found in Lk. 24:13-35.
The Gospels are the revelation of Christ; in this story we particularly see the nature of Christ and the purpose of Christ.
Easter is the revelation of Jesus’ nature and purpose.
How is Christ revealed in this story? We see Christ in five dimensions:
- Christ, the One Who Came to be With Us (vv. 13-16)
- Christ, the Hope of Redemption (vv. 17-24)
- Christ, the Fulfillment of God’s Promises (vv. 25-27)
- Christ, the Resurrected Savior (vv. 28-32)
- Christ, the Message for Believers (and the World) (vv. 33-35)
Download the rest of this sermon on Luke 24:13-35.
The audio will be posted on the GBC website tomorrow morning.