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Stay With Us Because
Bible Passage Luke 24: 28-43
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books 1 Corinthians, Luke.

Stay With Us Because It’s Almost Evening

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached April 20, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
28 As they came near the village where the two men were headed, Jesus acted as though he were going farther.

29 But they strongly urged him, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the daylight is nearly gone.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 While he was at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed it, broke it in pieces, and gave it to them.

31 Then their eyes were opened, and they knew who he was. And he vanished from them.

32 Then they asked each other, “Our hearts kept burning within us as he was talking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us, didn’t they?”

33 They got up right away, went back to Jerusalem, and found the eleven disciples and their companions all together.

34 They kept saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon!”

35 Then the two men began to tell what had happened on the road and how they had recognized him when he broke the bread in pieces.

36 While they were all talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and told them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and terrified, thinking they were seeing a ghost.

38 But Jesus told them, “What’s frightening you? And why are you doubting?

39 Look at my hands and my feet, because it’s really me. Touch me and look at me, because a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

40 After he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

41 Even though they were still skeptical due to their joy and astonishment, Jesus asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”

42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,

43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

BACKGROUND
Jesus never forced the travelers to welcome him. He acted as if he were going on where they got near where they were going.

When they urged Him to join them, Jesus accepted their invitation to stay, as it was getting late in the day.

When it was time for supper, Jesus gave thanks and broke the bread to begin the meal, then the disciples suddenly recognized who He was. They may have seen the marks of the nails on His hands. Perhaps He thanked God and broke the bread in a familiar way. Though they were probably not at the Last Supper, they may have seen Jesus do this on other occasions. On one such occasion, Jesus fed 5000 people.

Jesus immediately disappeared from their sight, such as the mysterious nature of His resurrection body (Luke 24:28-31).

The two disciples were deeply stirred by His teaching and, without waiting to rest their weary bodies, hurried back the twelve kilometers (about 7 miles) to Jerusalem to tell the apostles and other disciples of their discovery.

In the meantime, Peter also had met the risen Jesus. There are no details of this meeting. It was probably a painful but happy experience for Peter. But too private to talk about. Paul says that Jesus appeared especially to Peter (1 Corinthians 15:5).

While the disciples were together discussing these miraculous appearances, Jesus suddenly appeared among them in the room, even though the doors were locked. This made them think they were seeing a ghost who could pass through walls, but Jesus calmed their fears by showing them His body of flesh and bones, complete with the scars of crucifixion. He also ate some fish, showing that His body had normal physical functions (Luke 24:36-43).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Jesus does not necessarily force anyone to be with them. He expects that the message will convict and convince us to stay with Him.

🔷 Our eyes will be opened more when we stay with the word and discuss it often

🔷 We need not waste time declaring the message of the resurrected Christ to other people.

🔷 Jesus Christ is the resurrected Lord who teaches us and with whom we will find comfort when we believe in Him.

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray that God will open your mind to His word
💥 Ask God to equip you to carry His message to others

CONCLUSION📙
We should yearn to stay with Jesus to listen to His word when He will give us a deeper insight. His light in us should equally make us reflect Him for the world to see.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections