Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
April 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM
On the Emmaus Road with Jesue
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday April 20, 2014
On the Emmaus Road with Jesus
Luke 24:13-35 - Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking together of those things which had happened...”
The sermon today is a third in the 2014 Easter Series. 
The first one was In the Upper Room with Jesus, last 
Sunday was At the Crucifixion with Jesus, and the one today 
is entitled On The Emmaus Road with Jesus. As was 
requested for the two earlier sermons, an appeal is made 
for you our hearers and our internet readers to imaginatively 
close contemporary events and attitudes toward them out 
of your mind. In place of the void, allow your mind to drift 
back to the Resurrection of Jesus and its aftermath. 
Having attained that psychological state of readiness, 
you are now ready to think and, hopefully, experience the 
feeling of being with Jesus on the Emmaus Road. With 
this mental perspective, you are ready to received the 
sermon that will include the following dimensions, namely: 
a synopsis of the empty tomb, the Emmaus Road encounter, 
and our journey in life as a microcosm of the Emmanus Road 
While today is Easter or Resurrection Sunday, the 
sermon will exclude the traditional focus of “getting Jesus 
up from the dead”; instead it will be directed to a few events 
that transpired after his resurrection. This endeavor leads 
to the first dimension of the sermon which is - a synopsis 
of the empty tomb. According to the Scripture, “...the first 
day of the week, early in the morning...Mary Magdalene and 
some other women...” came to the grave site of Jesus. They 
brought spices to rub on the body of Jesus. Much to their 
dismay, they found not the body of Jesus. As Mary wept, she 
was asked by a man at the at the tomb, “...why weepth 
thou?”; she - assuming him to be the care taker - replied, 
they have taken my Lord”. The man said, “Mary.” “She 
turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, 
Master. ( Jo. 20:15-16 ). Matthew’s account of this 
meeting with the risen Savior, reported that “Jesus said 
unto them ( the women ) “Be not afraid: go tell my brethren 
that they should go into Galilee, and there shall they see 
me” ( Mt. 28:10 ). 
Peter, upon hearing the news that Jesus had risen 
from the dead, rushed to the grave site, gazed into the 
empty casket, noted that the burial clothing lay in place, 
departed wondering in himself at that which was come to 
pass. ( Lk. 24:12 ) That experience of Peter leads to the 
second phase of the sermon which is - The Emmanus Road 
Encounter. According to Luke’s narrative this incident 
occurred soon after Peter’s visit to the sepulchre. He stated 
that on the same day, there were two men traveling on the 
Emmaus Road and talking together of all these things which 
had happened. And it came to pass, that while they 
communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, 
and went with them. According to the Bible, the men did not 
recognize him and they continued their conversation. Jesus 
inquired of them, “What manner of communications are 
these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are 
sad?” ( Lk. 24:17 ). Immediately, Cleopas responded by 
saying you must be a stranger to this area not knowing 
the things that have recently happened. Jesus inquired, 
“What things?”. The two men gave the stranger an extensive 
account of the crucifixion of Jesus and how their hope in 
him as the redeemer of Israel had been destroyed. Jesus, 
noting their sincerity, said unto them, “O fools, and slow 
of heart to be all that the prophets have spoken. Ought 
not Christ to have suffered for these things, and to enter 
into his glory? ( Lk. 24:26 ). 
According to Luke, as Jesus was giving an overview of 
prophetic history, the evening was drawing near. However, 
the men had an insatiable urge to hear more from the 
visitor, so “ ...they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: 
for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he 
went in to tarry with them.” ( Lk 24:29 ). Jesus blessed the 
food and as they ate the eyes of the men were opened and 
they knew him, and he vanished out of their sight. Obviously, 
their faith was invigorated, their hope was rekindled, their 
sadness was eradicated, and their determination was 
reinforced as reflected as they said one to another, ‘Did not 
our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, 
and while he opened to us the scriptures? 
Beloved, it is of interest to note that those two men 
did not linger and rehash their experiences with the Risen 
Savor, instead they rose us the same hour and returned to 
Jerusalem and found the eleven gathered together...saying 
the Lord is risen... 
Although over two thousand separate contemporary 
times from Resurrection Sunday, Jesus’ message to Mary 
to go and tell his disciples to meet him in Gailee, and the 
Emmanus Road travelers’ decision to return to Jerusalem 
and tell that Jesus is alive - both incidents beacons a 
challenge to Christians to include evangelism in their 
religiosity. That necessary component of Christianity in 
action leads to the final phase of the sermon which is - 
Our life as a microcosm of the Emmaus Road. That word, 
microcosm, denotes a small size of a larger object or 
experience. In this regard, it is herein conceded that our 
life - although a journey from time to eternity - can never 
be equated to Emmaus Road. But let us not shutter and 
grow sick at heart because the same Spiritual Source 
continues to be present in humanity, whether acknowledged 
or not. 
In preparing for enlightenment and endurance on our, 
symbolic Emmaus Road, let us gleam Scriptures for roads 
from which we can get inspiration, correction, and guidance. 
There is the account of the Jericho Road ( Lk. 10:30-37 ) on 
which a man was traveling when he “...fell among thieves, 
which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and 
departed, leaving him half dead.” Unfortunately, there are 
new types of thieves on our pathway of life; they are 
awaiting an opportunity to assault us. These thieves 
include drugs, invasive entry, unemployment, injustices 
in the legal system, and black on black crime. Beloved, 
on this, our Emannus Road, we must take comfort in 
the knowledge that The Holy Spirit hovers over us if we 
would be still and let Him protect us from hurt harm and 
There is the second road, like unto the Emannus Road, 
know as the Damascus Road. That is the one on which 
Saul was traveling ( Acts Chapter 9 ) with malice in his 
heart toward Christians, the legal document in his had 
to arrest, enchain believers, and kill the resisters. But 
unknown to him, his intent was under divine scrutiny and - 
in his own time - the Lord intervened. Saul fell off his horse 
unable to see because he had been blinded. The account is 
far too long to tell; hence, the moral implication for us as 
we travel on our Emannus Road is to not have malice nor 
a desire to hurt others because, we too, can be stopped 
by the Lord. 
So in conclusion, on this Easter Worship of 2014, let 
us remember the joy that Mary experienced when she found 
the Jesus had overcome death and now is very much alive. 
Secondly, may we find inspiration in the account of the 
risen Savior’s visit, conversation, teaching, and dining with 
the Emannus road travelers. Lastly, let us never forget that 
we, too, are travelers on the Road of Life and can find 
guidance, strength, and salvation because He lives. Amen!
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