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The Power of the Movement

The Power of the Movement

Apr 21, 2019

Passage:Luke 24:13-35

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: The Movement: A Journey with Theophilus


April 21, 2019 Pastor John Welborn

The Movement: A Journey with Theophilus

The Power of the Movement

Luke 24:13-35


The Church is a Movement with Unstoppable Power because Jesus is Alive

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, & they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking & discussing together, Jesus himself drew near & went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?’ And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?’ And he said to them, ‘What things?’ And they said to him, ‘Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed & word before God & all the people, & how our chief priests & rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, & crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, & besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, & when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb & found it just as the woman had said, but him they did not see.’ And he said to them, ‘O foolish ones, & slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things & enter into his glory?’ And beginning with Moses & all of the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, for it is toward evening & the day is now far spent.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread & blessed & broke it & gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, & they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?’ And they rose that same hour & returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven & those who were with them gathered together, saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, & has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, & how he was known to them in the breaking of bread.”  Luke 24:13-35

Jesus Responds to Three Different Emotions in Luke 24:13-35

I. For the Confused: Jesus is Present – Vs. 13-24

“The disciples saw in Jesus the one who would bring a new Exodus & free the nation from its Roman captors. Instead Jesus proved to be something much more – the Redeemer who freed them from sin & death. But at this point the two on the road to Emmaus had no idea of this.”  Trent Butler

“These were discouraged & disappointed because God did not do what they wanted Him to do.”  Warren Wiersbe

“The LORD is near to all who call on him…”  Psalm 145:18a

II. For the Willing: Jesus will Clarify - Vs. 25-29

“The Word of God incarnate explained the written Word of God.”  Kent Hughes

“…he (Messiah) shall bruise your head, & you shall bruise his heel.”  Genesis 3:15b

“But he (Messiah) was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, & with his wounds we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

“For dogs encompass me (Messiah); a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands & feet.”  Psalm 22:16

III. For the Convinced: Jesus Empowers – Vs. 30-35

“Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, & place my finger into the mark of the nails, & place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’ Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, & Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came & stood among them & said, ‘Peace be with you.’”  John 20:24-26

“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, & see my hands; & put out your hand, & place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.’  John 20:27

“Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord & my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen & yet have believed.”  John 20:28-29

“After this I looked, & behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes & peoples & languages, standing before the throne & before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, & crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, & to the Lamb!’”  Revelation 7:9-10

Are You Confused? You need to pray & seek God concerning the identity of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Are You Willing? Let Jesus clarify his death & resurrection in light of your sinfulness & impending destruction. He died for you, & He rose again to make you a part of his movement!

Are you Convinced? Then you are in! You are a part of Christ, & you have a role to play! Jesus has empowered you to make a difference in His movement!

The Church is a Movement with Unstoppable Power b/c Jesus is Alive…

Will You Join the Movement?

Sources and Further Reading Opportunities:

  • Bible Exposition Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (1996)
  • Holman NT Commentary: Luke – Trent C. Butler (2000)
  • Preaching the Word: Luke Volume 2 – Kent R. Hughes (1998)
  • New Bible Commentary – D.A. Carson (1994)
  • New American Commentary Series: Luke – Robert H. Stein (1992)
  • Daily Study Bible Series: Luke – William Barclay (1975)
  • Word Pictures in the New Testament – A.T. Robertson (1933)
  • MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Luke 18-24 – John MacArthur (2014)
  • 5 Things to Know about Luke from the Bible – Liz Kanoy (2015)