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Good Questions on The Resurrection
Luke 24
by Josh Hunt  www.joshhunt.com

Luke 24(1)

OPEN

DIG

  1. As we read this passage, look for the emotions these disciples felt as these events unfolded.
  2. Someone locate Emmaus on a map for us.
  3. Why do you think these disciples were kept from recognizing Jesus?
  4. How do you think they felt as Jesus asked what they were talking about?
  5. Look at verse 21. What was the current state of their faith?
  6. Who would be honest enough to tell us about a time when your faith hit rock bottom? Has your faith ever bottomed out?
  7. What do you do when your faith bottoms out?
  8. What do you do to keep your faith from bottoming out?
  9. Verses 22 - 24 records that they had heard about the resurrection, but did not believe. How do you explain this; why didn't they believe?
  10. Would you agree that Jesus is a little harsh in verse 25? Is it ever good for us to be harsh, like Jesus was?(2)
  11. How did Jesus strengthen their faith? See verse 27.
  12. Is exposure to the Bible the best way to strengthen our faith?(3)
  13. On a scale of one to ten, how is your level of faith right now?
  14. Can you think of any verses in the Old Testament that point to Christ? Imagine with me. What verses might Jesus have used?(4)
  15. Verse 30 records that Jesus gave thanks before they ate. Is this a good idea for all Christians to do at all times?
  16. Why do you think Jesus disappeared?(5)
  17. Who can describe the feeling these disciples had in verse 32? Have you ever felt that way?(6)
  18. Would it be reasonable to expect that we enjoy that kind of "heart burning within us" experience when we have our daily quiet times?(7)
  19. Suppose you wanted to have a "hearts burning within us"(8) quiet time. Is there a formula you could use? What steps would you take? How would you go about it?(9)
  20. What about barriers. What keeps us from experiencing God in this way?
  21. Describe the prize. How valuable is it to experience God in such a way that your heart burns within you?
  22. How many of you would you join me in asking God that he would grace us with quiet times during this next week and for the rest of our lives where our hearts regularly burned within us as we spend time with Him and in the Word? Let's pray and ask the Father that he would so bless us. Let me invite several of you to pray.

1. Luke 24:1-53

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. [2] They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, [3] but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. [4] While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. [5] In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? [6] He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: [7] 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' " [8] Then they remembered his words.

[9] When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. [10] It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. [11] But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. [12] Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

[13] Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. [14] They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. [15] As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; [16] but they were kept from recognizing him.

[17] He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?"

They stood still, their faces downcast. [18] One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?"

[19] "What things?" he asked.

"About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. [20] The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; [21] but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. [22] In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning [23] but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. [24] Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."

[25] He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! [26] Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" [27] And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

[28] As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. [29] But they urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them.

[30] When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. [31] Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. [32] They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

[33] They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together [34] and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon." [35] Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

[36] While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."

[37] They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. [38] He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? [39] Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."

[40] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. [41] And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" [42] They gave him a piece of broiled fish, [43] and he took it and ate it in their presence.

[44] He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms."

[45] Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. [46] He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, [47] and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. [48] You are witnesses of these things. [49] I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."

[50] When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. [51] While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. [52] Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. [53] And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. [NIV]

2. Ah ha! Good question!

3. Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

4. Isaiah 53:1-12

Who has believed our message

and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

[2] He grew up before him like a tender shoot,

and like a root out of dry ground.

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,

nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

[3] He was despised and rejected by men,

a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.

Like one from whom men hide their faces

he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

[4] Surely he took up our infirmities

and carried our sorrows,

yet we considered him stricken by God,

smitten by him, and afflicted.

[5] But he was pierced for our transgressions,

he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,

and by his wounds we are healed.

[6] We all, like sheep, have gone astray,

each of us has turned to his own way;

and the Lord has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.

[7] He was oppressed and afflicted,

yet he did not open his mouth;

he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,

and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,

so he did not open his mouth.

[8] By oppression and judgment he was taken away.

And who can speak of his descendants?

For he was cut off from the land of the living;

for the transgression of my people he was stricken.

[9] He was assigned a grave with the wicked,

and with the rich in his death,

though he had done no violence,

nor was any deceit in his mouth.

[10] Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer,

and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering,

he will see his offspring and prolong his days,

and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

[11] After the suffering of his soul,

he will see the light of life and be satisfied;

by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,

and he will bear their iniquities.

[12] Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,

and he will divide the spoils with the strong,

because he poured out his life unto death,

and was numbered with the transgressors.

For he bore the sin of many,

and made intercession for the transgressors.

5. One thought is that he wanted it so sink in how the Bible is their new Bread of Life. Without Jesus physical presence, they could survive on the faith-building nourishment of the Bible, as he had led them into a faith building experience with the Word and without their knowledge that it was Him.

6. This is a pretty important question. I want students to get in touch with how wonderful it is when the Word of God comes alive for us.

7. I don't enjoy it every day, but it is sure wonderful when God breaks in that way.

8. In my book Disciplemaking Teachers I have a chapter on "the repeated phrase." It is a linguistic devise we can use to drive a point into the minds of the students. I would repeat the phrase, "hearts burning within us" as many times as is natural to do so in this lesson. We want to create disciples who regularly have quiet times where their hearts burn within them.

9. Although there is not a formula, my intention is that you explore some things that will improve your chances of having a "hearts burning within you" quiet time.

 
 

 

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