Sunday School Material
3-31-13: The Lord Lives

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Jesus showed His disciples that He was still alive. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live as if we believe that Jesus is still alive.

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Body:

Read Luke 24:13-14

I. Sad Walk. In our Sunday School material two of the disciples of Jesus are walking to the village of Emmaus. They were talking about the dramatic events of the day. Jesus had been crucified and His tomb is empty.

Applications -

- Supportive relationships. Notice in vs. 13 of our Sunday School material that there were two disciples walking and talking with one another about the events of the day.

This seems to be rather ordinary, until you think about how many people in our churches don’t have a fellow disciple of Christ to walk and talk with about the events of their day.

Too many of our churches are long on presenting information and carrying out activities but short on nurturing supportive and encouraging relationships. Let’s work on building supportive and encouraging relationships in our churches among disciples.

When we don’t have positive relationships to draw from, we tend to draw from whatever is available, which may not be what is best for us.

Read Luke 24:15-21

II. Stranger Joins. Jesus appears to the two, but they are kept from knowing Him. In our Sunday School material Jesus asks what are they talking about. They talk about how Jesus was crucified. They also talk about how their hopes of Jesus being their political Messiah died as well.

Applications -

- Treating people right. Notice in vss. 15-16 that we see that Jesus showed up as a stranger on the road. We never know how God is going to show up or who God is using in His service.

Therefore, we should treat everyone right. “Right” includes being kind and patient. This is a good point for middle class believers to keep in mind, when talking with those who are poor. Let’s work on treating everyone right.

- Understanding God’s will. Notice in vss. 19-21 that these disciples of Jesus made no mention of Jesus being the savior of the world. They were close enough to be called disciples but not close enough to really understand what Jesus was all about.

First, we should strive to really be in tuned with God and His will for our lives. Essential to doing this are things like prayerfully studying God’s word and obeying it with the support of other believers.

Second, we should adjust our expectations of others. If Jesus’ disciples were unfamiliar with His real agenda, we should not be so surprised when people who are close to us still don’t understand us. Let’s work on really understanding God’s will for our lives and adjusting our expectations towards others.

- The devil’s use of people. Notice in vs. 20 of the Sunday School material that the devil used the religious leaders and passive crowd to crucify Jesus. It is easy to see that the religious leaders were wrong. But the crowd who allowed it to happen were wrong also. Let’s work on keeping the devil from using us.

The devil can use us by getting us to do that which is wrong (i.e., sin of commission). And he can use us by keeping us from doing what is right (i.e., sin of omission). Prayerfully studying and obeying God’s word with the support of others can help us live out this application.

Read Luke 24:28-35

III. Savior Reveals. As they approach the destination of the disciples, Jesus is invited to stay with them. In our Sunday School material we see Jesus stays with them. It was as they were eating that they recognized who Jesus was. They went back to Jerusalem and reported to the Eleven and those present.

Applications -

- Hospitality. Notice in vss. 28-29 that it was after the disciples had extended hospitality that they received the great blessing of being with the resurrected Christ. In like manner, we should be known for our hospitality, as loving Christians.

And we should not be surprised when God sends blessings, after we have been obedient in our command to love people. Let’s work on our hospitality skills and trust God to do what is best.

- Enjoying the moment. Notice in vs. 30-32 that God works in mysterious ways and according to His timetable. God doesn’t always follow the same pattern.

God is working out a plan that includes some times for us to clearly understand and some times when we don’t really understand all that is going on. We would do well to be open to whatever and however God wants to move.

We need to learn to enjoy the moment. What God has done today may never again be experienced. Let’s work on enjoying the moment and trusting God’s plans.

- Accountability and sharing. Notice in vss. 33-35 of our Sunday School material that the disciples were accountable to the leaders and were excited about sharing their experience.

There are too many in our churches who are not accountable to anyone. And there is too much silence during our sharing periods.

Let’s work on being accountable and sharing the marvelous things that God is doing. As a Christian family, it should not be difficult to be accountable and to share with one another.

Conclusion: Let’s work on living like Jesus is still alive. God has much for those who obey His will.

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