A Brighter Day
Passover was drawing near and we headed to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast. But the atmosphere was different from all the other Passovers that I had attended. There was something in the air that demonstrated that this Passover would change my life forever. As I was descending to Jerusalem that Thursday I saw people bowing down palm tree branches on the ground as a donkey carried my Rabbi Jesus of Nazareth. The crowd was large and I lost sight of him. I reached my destination and I knew that I had to prepare for the Sabbath and for Passover. I went to sleep that evening but I hardly could sleep. I remembered every time I saw my Rabbi and how he had taught me how to serve others and teach them about our Father, God. Early that morning I heard a great commotion in the plaza in the middle of the city. I knew that every year the worst of the sinners of our town would be crucified at Passover but what was the great commotion about. I drew near the crowed as I saw two thieves caring their cross but then I saw something that would change my life forever. I saw Jesus caring a cross as well. I couldn’t understand. Why Jesus? He had a crown of thorns on his head. His back was all torn with whip marks. My heart was broken. I couldn’t understand. I then realized that I was one of his disciples and if someone would recognize me I to could join him. So, my heart started to beat faster and I decided that I must hide somewhere safe until Passover is done and I can return to my hometown Emmaus. I found a secure place and on that afternoon, I experienced the worst thunder and earthquake I had ever experience in my life. That Sabbath was the gloomiest Sabbath in my whole entire life. The minutes ticked like hours, the hours like days. The only I could think of was how could this happen? The Rabbi that I thought would bring hope and recovery to Israel was now dead. How can this happen. I was deeply saddened. All my hopes where done. Finally, the first day of the week arrived and my friend and I geared up to start the 7-mile journey back home. While we were heading back home a lady stopped us on the road and told us with great excitement that Jesus was not in the grave when she went to anoint him in the morning. She then said that an angel had told her that Jesus was alive. My friend and I looked at each other like “yeah right” she must be crazy. How can he be alive if he had been dead for three days? That is impossible. We walked faster not wanting to be associated with these people and their crazy thoughts. Even though our hearts where torn for what had happened in the last few days.
Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.
· In your moments most difficult of your life where your hopes are all gone Jesus draws near you.
But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
· Jesus does not disclose himself. It’s a way for Jesus to see where your faith stands rather than just depend on what you see. Faith is knowing that God is working even when everything is not going the way you are expecting to happen.
And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
· Jesus is interested in your thoughts even when they are challenging your promises.
o Your doubts
o Your questions
o Your disappointments
o Your insecurities
Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
· Jesus has given us hope in Him through scripture and the prophets.
o God does not do anything without telling His people through scripture and His prophets.
o God had mention through the prophet Isaiah that Jesus would be sent like a lamb to the slaughter house.
Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 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.
· Jesus never forces to be with you.
o Jesus will not abide with you unless you invite Him to be with you daily.
Daily we need Jesus to come and abide with us.
Daily many of us loss much blessings because we don’t invite Jesus to abide in us.
He is waiting and yearning to hear our invitation for Him abide with us.
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.
· Asking Jesus to abide with you is to have be intimate to have a meal with you.
Spending some time with Jesus and enjoying a meal.
Jesus wants to dine with us and talk to us in a deeper level.
When business what to make a deal most of the time it’s done over a dining table.
When people is interested in having a better relationship you ask to come over and have a meal together. This means now you are accepted in a more personal relationship than just friends.
§ Jesus wants to dine with us and talk to us in a deeper level.
Jesus wants to be your brighter day.
Jesus wants us to not only dine with you but He also wants us to dine with each other.
He wants us to share Jesus to each other and break bread together which makes our day brighter.
Revelation “I am at the door and knocking”
Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
· When we are in a intimate relationship with God and others then your eyes will be open.
· Then we will know God.
· Then we are ready to live by faith and don’t need to see Him.
So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
· The moment they had Jesus as the center of their lives they
o Got up and shared the good news.
They brightened someone else day.
Jesus is risen
· It was not because someone else told them, it was because they had experienced a brighter day with Jesus.
They spent time listening to Jesus
· Breaking bread with Jesus
· Now they where sharing Jesus.
· They where agents of sharing a brighter day.
As we remember what Jesus has done for us in giving us a brighter day, Jesus is calling us to go and share the brighter day with someone else.
· Spend time with someone else from this church in breaking bread in your home. Get to know each other better and share Jesus with one another.
· Lift each other up when you see someone down.
· Share what Jesus has done with you in fellowship.
· Walk with Jesus everyday.