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Getting Started

Share a time when you felt abandoned by God. Did you feel angry, upset, or disappointed?

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Today's Passage

Luke 24:13-35 NIV

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?" They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" "What things?" he asked. "About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus." He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. 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, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon." Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

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Discussion

What stood out to you as you read this?

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Put yourself in the story as the various characters. What were they thinking, observing, and experiencing?

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Think about it

Is there anything in the behavior of Jesus in this encounter we might consider a sin?

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Think about it

Why did Jesus not immediately identify himself to these two obviously broken and disillusioned men?

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Think about it

Was it deceitful of Jesus to walk with them all that time and not reveal himself?

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Think about it

True or False: If God loved me, he would always let me know he is near and act in a way I should understand.

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Think about it

Does anything about this story change the way you see the story you shared at the beginning?

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Wrap Up

What did you learn about God from this passage? What did you learn about yourself?

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Action

How can this passage help you in the context of living as a Christian in 2012? What must I change? What decisions must I make? What action must I take?

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