- Luke 24:1-12 Habeas Corpus (Hyde)
Jesus, for those who choose to believe, cannot be contained by something as mundane as a grave. And this is what is at the heart of Easter... the grave cannot contain us either, those of us who believe in the Risen Christ.
- Luke 24:1-12 Hard to Believe (Leininger)
A man in Somerset County, Vt. apparently intent on suicide, built a cross in his living room and attempted to crucify himself by nailing one of his hands to one side with a 14-penny nail. The unnamed 23-year-old then had a logistical problem....
- Luke 24:1-12 Just a Stone’s Throw to Life (Molin)
But there is still a question that must be addressed. The women on the way to the tomb asked it, remember? "Who will move the stone for us?" It occurs to me that the important question today is not "Who moved the stone for Mary?" but rather, "Who will move the stone for us?"
- Luke 24:1-12 What Does the Empty Tomb Mean? (Brettell)
The tomb is a bit actor in this Easter drama. It has its moment of glory, and then it's gone. The Gospel leaves it behind . . . and we need to leave the tomb behind. If we continue to gaze at the tomb, all we'll see is dark emptiness. We'll miss the blazing brightness of the risen Lord.
- Luke 24:1-12 He Is Risen! (Gerhardy)
A primitive tribe was shown the Jesus film. They saw Jesus arrested and beaten--and became very upset. But then came the resurrection. The gathering spontaneously erupted into a party. The people were dancing and slapping each other on the back. Jesus had risen from the dead!
- Luke 24:1-12 Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead? (McLarty)
So, let's see … a good place to look for the risen Christ is in scripture … among God's people … in the beauty of nature … in service to the poor. And, if that weren't enough, another good place to look for Jesus is wherever you happen to be, when you least expect it.
- Luke 24:1-12, An Idle Tale? (London)
I remember holding my son for the first time and it literally taking my breath away. It's an amazing thing to have new life placed in your hands. But that's exactly what Easter offers — the gift of new life in our very own hands, resurrection life here and now as well as in the age to come.
- Luke 24:1-12 The Easter Story (McLarty)
After you've heard the Easter story for the umpteenth time, it can become routine. If you're not careful, you can miss the message altogether. Let me borrow a slogan from an old Kellogg's Corn Flakes commercial and invite you to "taste it again … for the very first time."
- Luke 24:13-35 Christ Alive in the World for Which He Died (Hoffacker)
Our destination may not be Emmaus, but often enough we walk our own trail of tears. We may not have seen Jesus crucified, but something happens that shatters our faith. We walk home, retreating like a defeated army. Then something comic happens. Jesus appears beside us. But we don't recognize him!
- Luke 24:13-35 A Tradition Like No Other (Molin)
All of us have a story to tell. Each of us has come face to face with Jesus in our own way, just like the travelers on the road to Emmaus. We don't have to be seminary graduates; they weren't! We don't have to have the bible memorized; clearly, they didn't. But to know that Jesus is alive...
- Luke 24:13-35 In Our Midst (Sellery)
Could this week’s gospel be any clearer? The risen Christ is with us always. But too often, he goes unrecognized. He is only a Sunday presence at best… here for the breaking of the bread and then ignored. That’s not God’s plan. We are meant to live in the risen Christ… continually, not spasmodically… actively, not abstractly.
- Luke 24:13-35 Travels with Jesus (Sellery)
The risen Savior does not intrude. He doesn’t come cartwheeling down the road and knock the disciples off their feet. He modestly joins them in conversation. They set the pace on the road they have chosen. He listens. He wants to know what is important to them. He obviously cares. He did then. He does now.
- Luke 24:13-35 A Funny Thing Happened on the Road to Emmaus (McLarty)
What does this story tell us about living a life of faith in the spirit of Jesus' resurrection from the dead? That's what I'd like for us to think about in the sermon today. First, I think it tells us we can expect Jesus to meet with us along the way, in the course of everyday life.
- Luke 24:13-35 Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (Leininger)
Several things are striking about this story. One is how incredibly NORMAL these two disciples are. Their reaction to the story of Jesus' death and resurrection is about what one might expect from any of us - disappointment, grief, disbelief. These were not gullible morons - they were normal folks.
- Luke 24:13-35 The Christ of the Commonplace (Leininger)
Two travelers. Friends? Brothers? Husband and wife? We have no idea. Just Cleopas and whomever. Perhaps the reason one remains unidentified is to allow us to insert our own name into the story. Cleopas and David--or Cleopas and Debbie--or Connie or Jim.
- Luke 24:13-35 Scripts of the Exile (Butler)
If we are going to take our faith seriously, we are going to be called to do some strenuous up-stream swimming. That is, we are going to face situations in which the convictions of our faith will place us in opposing positions to the messages of our culture.
- Luke 24:13-35 Oasis Emmaus (Bedingfield)
Have you ever gone anywhere just to get away from something? Maybe that's what's happening in this story. The disciples have just suffered the biggest disappointment of their lives. They had given up everything to follow Jesus. And now all that seemed to have gone up in smoke.
- Luke 24:13-35, What Things? (London)
The story of the disciples on the Road to Emmaus offers us guidance in staying focused on the important things, together in community. We need to hear Jesus ask everyday: "What things?" "What things are the important things?"
- Luke 24:36b-48 A Guy with a Body (Hoffacker)
It may seem unreligious to talk about bodies, but God makes them, sustains them, and resurrects them. For him bodies are something holy, whether the body of Jesus, or yours, or mine--and it's beginning to look as though God can't quite tell the difference.
- Luke 24:36b-48 Eatin’ Fish with Jesus (Wigmore)
AA is tailor-made for people like me. A sponsor, Floyd, could see how bad I was hurting. He said, "Just keep coming back and let us love you until you can learn to love yourself." I've been doing that going on 34 years – And I think it's actually starting to work!
- Luke 24:36b-48 The Open Bible (Kegel)
Didn't I just say that the Bible was clear in what it teaches? Then why are there so many different interpretations? The Lutheran Church wants to say that it is the Bible Church, but Presbyterians and Methodists and Baptists and Disciples want to say the same thing.
- Luke 24:36b-48 Looking Back, Looking Ahead (Wagner)
Ministry has continued through the years because as a church we have been willing to walk in new directions. Whether its working toward the construction of a new facility, starting a new Sunday school Class, or sending care packages to our soldiers in Iraq, we have been willing to travel on various missionary roads.
- Luke 24:36b-48 A Glorified Body (McLarty)
I imagine that heaven is something like that: An infinite number of people clothed in their glorified bodies living in community with God and each other, knowing each other and being known by each other perfectly, unconditionally, without blemishes, impediments or faults.
- Luke 24:44-53 The Other Miracle (Sellery)
Today, not all the news about God’s Good News is good. The Word is under assault every day… and not only from the mockers, the bigots, the anti-Christian zealots and the secular establishment. The world has always been a formidable obstacle to the word, but so too are the flesh and the devil.
- Luke 24:49-53 & Acts 1:11 Desire for God (Hoffacker)
Our culture is no friend to prayer, except prayer that reinforces the status quo. But all authentic prayer is response to God, and God has been known to be a change agent. Moreover, prayer acknowledges our dependence on God, and our culture is uncomfortable with dependence.
- Luke 24:50-53 Who Do You Look Up To? (McLarty)
Who do you look up to? The problem is, whether your heroes are Presidents or statesmen, inventors or scientists, missionaries or philanthropists, they all have feet of clay, and, sooner or later, are apt to disappoint you. The Christian faith has an answer: Jesus Christ.