Beyond the Weekend

April 2 | The Road to Emmaus

April 2, 2024

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. Luke 24:13-14

Read: Luke 24:13-35
Listen: Luke 24

TODAY’S MESSAGE

Massive crowds gather to welcome Jesus of Nazareth into Jerusalem at the beginning of Passover. Many believe he is the long-awaited Messiah, the one promised in the Jewish Scriptures. The entire city is stirred, and everyone is talking about Jesus. Yet, in just five short days, everything flips. The crowds turn against Jesus, and he is arrested and killed. It is shocking and confusing for all who had followed and put their hope in him.

It’s in this sad and confusing state that two followers of Jesus leave the city and travel about seven miles to Emmaus. They put their hope in Jesus but now walk away disappointed. On the way, Jesus meets them, travels with them and shows them who he really is. Unfortunately, we all find ourselves in a similar place from time to time, where we are confused, disappointed or have lost hope. As we study this encounter, we will see that Jesus is close to those who have lost hope. He wants to be accepted for who he is—the true source of our hope. May our gracious God use this story to remind us of our hope and challenge us to see Jesus for who he really is.

TODAY: As you study this passage, pray and ask God to teach you this week. With a posture of humility, invite him to challenge and surprise you. Ask him to remind you of the hope you have in him and reveal areas where you need to grow in understanding of Jesus.


JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Read Exodus 2-3. Highlight anything that points to Jesus. Note Moses’s miraculous birth and rescue from the water.


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