Luke 24:13-35 and Acts 2:14, 36-41 (click for full reading)
“When He was at the table with them, he took bread gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him …” –Luke 24:30-31
(Click on the title above to listen to the sermon)
Do you believe your story could take an unexpected turn? Have you come to believe that some sadness, some loss, some sin maybe, has pretty much defined your story? I guess what I’m asking is, do you think the Lord is done with you?
“Weren’t our hearts burning within us?” That’s the question two of Jesus followers were asking after their encounter with the risen Christ. This has happened to you too. You have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. You may have gone your way after that and lived like nothing happened but today’s message declares that Jesus is not having it! He’s gonna follow you home, follow you to work, follow you to school.
A community of faith in the risen Christ began to form. Hope began to return. We are part of that very same community. We break that very same bread. We also suffer very real trials and tribulations along life’s journey. We know what real loss feels like. We experience grief.
Hope can be a dangerous thing because our hopes are so often disappointed. Today we are reminded that there is resurrection all over the place. Our God is not done with you. Death does not have the last word. Hope is returning because it is Easter again!
Questions to discuss/ponder:
Take a moment and read the two scripture passages linked above. Make sure to read the Luke passage first and then the reading from Acts.
1. What seems to be the most powerful force in these readings? (You might consider things such as; religion, government, devastation, hope, etc.)
2. Have you experienced times when your hopes were disappointed? If so, can you relate to the idea from the movie clip played during the message that “hope is a dangerous thing?”
3. How does the good news of Easter bring hope even in the midst of fear and uncertainty
Easter hope gave Peter boldness to proclaim the good news even to those directly responsible for crucifying Jesus. Take your own Easter hope out for a spin this week. Reach out with the love of Christ in a way that is outside of your comfort zone. I would love to hear how it goes!