Rejoicing in our God

Free Evangelical Lutheran
Synod in South Africa
Sermon- Easter 4
The presence of Jesus!
St. John’s Lutheran Parish Shelly Beach
The Word of God for this Sermon is written in Lk 24, 13-35:
ESV 13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven
miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things
that had happened.
15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and
went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
17 And he said to them, „What is this conversation that you are holding with each
other as you walk?“ And they stood still, looking sad.
18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, „Are you the only visitor to
Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?“
19 And he said to them, „What things?“ And they said to him, „Concerning Jesus of
Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the
people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to
death, and crucified him.
21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it
is now the third day since these things happened.
22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early
in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that
they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the
women had said, but him they did not see.“
25 And he said to them, „O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the
prophets have spoken!
26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his
27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the
Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were
going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, „Stay with us, for it is toward
evening and the day is now far spent.“ So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and
gave it to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their
sight. 32 They said to each other, „Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to
us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?“
33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the
eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, „The Lord has
risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!“ 35 Then they told what had happened on
the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
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