Reading Luke 24:13-43
Some years ago a man was passing a shop in Prince's Street, when
he noticed a painting of the crucifixion displayed in the window.
As he gazed upon it the memory of long forgotten truths flooded back
into his mind. He didn't notice a ragged little boy who was also
looking at the picture, until he spoke: "That's Jesus sir; they
put that crown of thorns on His head; They nailed Him to a cross,
and crucified Him; He died for our sins Sir, and they buried
Him up yonder".
The memories were too vivid, and with a lump in his throat, he turned
and walked away quickly. Suddenly he felt a tugging at his coat, and
found that the little boy had followed him. "I forgot to tell you
Sir, HE ROSE AGAIN"
[A] So often today, Christians seem to suffer from the same lapse of
memory as that little boy, and they forget to stand up for the fact
that Jesus is RISEN, and as such IS ALIVE TODAY!
[B] Do you remember a few years ago, at Easter time, the Post Office
was paid to frank the letters with "JESUS IS ALIVE!"
Thousands and thousands of people finding the mail coming through
their door, with this central truth of the Gospel!
[C] But what a fuss it created!! Due to complaints from the Moslem
population, who found it "OFFENSIVE!" the post office
refused to continue!
[D] If it is offensive to proclaim that Jesus is alive - SO BE IT!
IN SOME MOSLEM COUNTRIES, THAT IS A MESSAGE STILL PUNISHABLE BY DEATH
TODAY!! AND IN THIS MODERN AGE, CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN PUT TO DEATH
BECAUSE THEY PROCLAIMED THIS TRUTH!!
[E] You could go to the tomb of Mohammed, and know that the remains of
his body are there!
[F] You could go to the graves of the founders of many other world
religions, and know that they have died and were buried - end of story!
[G] The thing that makes Christianity different, is that it's founder,
although crucified, IS ALIVE AND WELL, AFTER 2000 YEARS!!
[H] Christianity is not just a religion or a dogma, but is A LIFE
CHANGING EXPERIENCE OF THE LIVING CHRIST!
[I] The resurrection is the centre stone of our faith!
"If Christ be not raised, ye are yet in your sins" said the
WITHOUT THAT TRUTH - WE HAVE NOTHING BUT A DULL DEAD EMPTY RELIGION!
[a] That's why, every Easter, you'll get headlines that say something
like, "PROOF THAT JESUS CHRIST DIDN'T RISE FROM THE DEAD!"
[b] So often, I think the devil must be getting desperate!!
[c] Look at this year!!
Professor appears on television news - "We have found the
grave of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus - proof that He lived and died and
was buried like anyone else! We found these burial caskets, with the
three names on them"
The interviewer made the point that probably some of the most popular
names at the time of Christ, were Joseph, Mary and Jesus, and the
archaeologist had to agree. THEN HE WAS ASKED ABOUT THE BONES IN
THE CASKETS, AND GUESS WHAT, THERE WEREN'T EVEN ANY BONES IN THE
THEY'D BEEN STOLEN, HE SAID. Now I don't know who would want to steal a
pile of ancient bones - BUT WHAT A PREPOSTEROUS LOT OF NONSENSE!!
[a] The two in our Bible reading, on the way to Emmaus, were downcast
and depressed. Jesus was dead!
[b] They probably didn't even want to talk with the stranger who drew
alongside them on their journey.
[c] But before long their hearts were burning within them, as he
revealed to them the truth of Scriptural prophecy regarding the
[d] If they had not shown Christian kindness and invited this stranger
in to stay the night, they would not have had the opportunity to
recognise Him, as the RISEN CHRIST!
[e] When He appeared to the others, He proved beyond any doubt, that HE
HAD RISEN IN THE FLESH.
[f] They were able to TOUCH HIS WOUNDS!
He ATE A MEAL with them!
He even COOKED A MEAL for them!
THIS WAS NO GHOST! THIS WAS THE RISEN CHRIST!!
[g] We can have forgiveness of sin when we repent, because JESUS IS
[g] Jesus can give eternal life to those who ask Him , because HE IS
[h] At our invitation, He can transform us, AND COME TO LIVE WITHIN US,
because HE IS ALIVE TODAY!
[i] Christianity holds the only true way of Salvation, because JESUS IS
BUT ALL OF THAT MEANS NOTHING TO YOU, IF YOU HAVEN'T YET PERSONALLY
INVITED HIM INTO YOUR LIFE TO BE YOUR SAVIOUR!
BELIEVING THE DOCTRINE IS FINE - BUT TO EXPERIENCE THE RISEN CHRIST IN
OUR LIVES IS SO MUCH MORE WONDERFUL!