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The Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35 RSV

On Easter Day two disciples were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all the things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still, looking sad. 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:" And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.

Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 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."

And he said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?"

And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent."

So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.

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?"

And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Emmaus Walk is where you see and recognize Jesus.
Words are inadequate to explain the Emmaus Walk.
Emmaus Walk has changed my life
and I feel its effects every day.

Walk to Emmaus

Osten Aune
Walk to Emmaus #186
February 17-20, 2005
From the Loving Table of Mark

No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those
who love him.

1 Corinthians 2:9

On my Walk to Emmaus, I received God’s unconditional love and God’s grace, which was beyond measure. I had never seen, I had never heard, I had never imagined, or dreamed of the expanse of love and grace of which were given to me. I actually experienced more unconditional Love and Grace than I ever thought could exist in this world. I was humbled to my core by the gift of Grace, which was given to me. I received a gift that no worldly king, president, head of state, millionaire, or billionaire is worthy of receiving. This gift of Grace was beyond measure and I sure did nothing to deserve or earn these awesome gifts from God.

I am not speaking in metaphors, I actually (literally) saw the “Light,” the Face of Jesus. I actually saw legions of real angels of every description sent directly from heaven. I actually heard the angels sing.

I now have new eyes to see. I now have new ears to hear. I now have a new heart, which is a vessel for God’s love. My “cup” is overflowing. My heart is overflowing with love; I must share this “Good News” with others and proclaim the Lord to the world.

I now have a burning desire like never before to be obedient to God and follow Christ, not out of duty or fear, but from a burning love of God.

I did my Walk to Emmaus with over sixty men and my story is not unique; I was not singled out for this great gift – it was shared with all of us and the host of heaven. We all saw Jesus, but each one of us received Jesus and saw Jesus differently.

New Undertanding

· I understand what is the meaning of a “living sacrifice.”

· Understanding God’s love and grace are beyond our comprehension and understanding. Words, language, and knowledge are all inadequate to describe the infinite reach of God’s love and grace.

From the Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25:14-30 one servant received 5 talents, another 2 talents, and the third 1 talent. I believe that on our Emmaus Walk all of us were commissioned, charged with, and given 30 to 50 talents each! My point is not that we are so righteous and deserve more than others, for we are STILL SINNERS; the point is that we were given much, but much will be expected of us.

“From everyone who has been given much,
much more will be demanded;
and from on the one who has been entrusted with much,
much more will be asked.”

Luke 12:48

· Watch out for what you pray for!
I had consistently prayed for a “closer” relationship with God. I also asked God to be able to work full-time for God spreading His Word. I had envisioned that years down the road that I would be a full-time disciple, witness, teacher, writer, and lecturer to “newbees.” Nurturing “Bible Basics” to new people who are new to Christ.

· I have received a closer relationship with God, closer than I ever conceived – But I will always pray to have a closer relationship to such an awesome God. As far as working for God full-time – someday??? God has commissioned me to start working for Him full-time - TODAY. I am to work for God NOW with the resources I have right now!. My plan that I was thinking of was too small; God’s plan for me that I could not have conceived was much larger than I had ever imagined!

Words and language are insufficient and cannot explain. This is not embellished, exaggerated, the truth stretched, or speaking metaphorically.

· Candlelight: I saw the Light.

· I saw the face of Jesus and His face was beautiful.

· I saw legions of angels.

· What makes this gift so wonderful was that it was a shared experience with over 60 other men who saw the same thing. We all saw Jesus, but we all saw Him differently.

· My first thoughts were of unworthiness, that I did not deserve or earn this great of a gift.

· No earthly king, president, or billionaire deserves, could earn, or buy what we received at our Emmaus Walk.

· I thought I knew something about “Grace” but I saw “Grace” and “Love” more than I could imagine.

· Watch out what you pray for!

· Prayers are answered but maybe not the way we expect!

· We often limit our prayers.

· I was thinking too small.

· Working Full-Time for God. - Start Now!

· Closer Relationship with God.

· Holy Spirit: Oliver – cup out: please sir, may I have some more. (Like a beggar.)

Pentecostal moment!
Baptism of the Holy Spirit (full submersion)
Gatorade Shower * My Cup Runnith Over

From the Parable of the Talents The servants were given 5,2, and 1 talent; I believe that we were all given many talents given to us according to our abilities.

“From everyone who has been given much, much more will be demanded; and from on the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48

· I understand what a living sacrifice is.

· What I’m going to do about it now. “Bible Basics.”

· Giving Thanks: Being pulled up the mountain on a rope… (lifeline) by those who have gone before.

What I’m going to do about it now... “Bible Basics.”

February 17-20, 2005 was the date when I made the commitment to really start Bible Basics! Bible Basics “Coffeehouse” class was first presented on Monday July 18, 2005 at Northgate United Methodist Church Irving, Texas; just five months later!

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