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*From broken Hearts to Burning Hearts*
\\ Luke 24:13-24:35 \\ \\
4~/30~/2006 \\ The Emmaus road experience is a well-known story…
This is such a gripping story
because it is in many ways our own story…
when we loose hope and the desire to move on
because our dreams have been crushed.
This story highlights the living hope
that we have in the Resurrection of Jesus.
Paul wrote to his friends at Corinth,
/ "If we have hope in Christ in this life only, /
/ we are the most miserable of all men.
/ But now Christ is risen from the dead"/ (1 Cor 15:19,20).
But on that first Easter day
that living hope was all but snuffed out
for the two disciples on their way back home to Emmaus
\\ Have you ever noticed that
some of the saddest words in our language
begin with the letter D?
For example, disappointment, doubt, disillusionment,
defeat, despair and death.
All of these are summed up
in the words of Cleopas and his companion
to the unrecognized stranger on the Emmaus road.
They had left the demoralized and confused group of disciples
with the events of Good Friday fresh in their memories.
We can understand their confusion, can’t we? \\ \\
The Master they had loved and followed
had been horribly put to death on a Roman cross.
Death by crucifixion was the most shameful of deaths;
the victim was made a public spectacle,
exposed to the jeers of all that passed by.
Only a week before, on Palm Sunday,
the hopes of the disciples had risen to fever pitch
when the excited crowds had hailed their Master
as the longed-for deliverer
from the tyranny of Roman occupation…
but now he lay dead in a sealed tomb!
Their hopes were dashed…
the dream was over!
\\ \\ The followers of Jesus were without a leader
and they were falling apart quickly…
These two were already on their way home.
Last week we heard how Peter and his fishing partners
returned to their former life as fishermen.
What else was there left to do?
Life goes on…
Life must go on…
The reports that Christ’s tomb was empty
had only confused the disciples more.
Their entire world had come apart.
The two downhearted disciples summed up the situation
when they said,
/"we had hoped that he was the one /
/ who was going to redeem Israel."/
Human hope is a fragile thing,
and when it withers it’s difficult to revive.
Have you ever experienced such total hopelessness?
There was no way out…
no matter what you tried…
there was nothing you could do to change the situation…
I often see that look of total helplessness
in the eyes of people who have given up…
“There is nothing they can do for me –
the cancer has spread too far.”
“My spouse has left me for another partner.”
“I’ve tried soo hard to give up smoking.”
“I am just not smart enough to become a doctor.”
“I feel so stuck in my job –
I hate the job
but, I can’t quit because my family needs the income
and I don’t know how to do anything else.”
“I’ve given up.
Nothing will ever change with my church.
The old guard will never give up power,
and a lot of spirit-led creativity is stifled
in order to maintain the status quo.”
Have you ever heard yourself or someone else
say these words?
Then you have a bit of an idea
what the Emmaus two were grappling with.
Hopelessness is desperately hard to cure.
When you see someone you love and care for
overtaken by an illness that goes on and on,
despair sets in.
It almost becomes impossible to hope for recovery…
you even become afraid to hope
because you don’t know if you can cope with another letdown.
And so, in our heart-break, like the Emmaus disciples,
we put up a wall of hopelessness around us,
and we become trapped in our misery.
"We had hoped ..."
“We had hoped…”
What they were saying – and what you may be saying is,
"We don’t expect it now anymore…
we know it’s not going to happen…
but once we did…
This hope we once had… it’s gone."
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