2/23 at The Gathering
Blake Coffee and Kellie Hooker taught on Sunday, February 23. The videos and listening guides from that lesson, followed by the scripture, are below.
Core Lesson (Kellie Hooker)
A Walk to Remember
Open Minds – understanding scripture
Luke 24:25-27; John 14:26
Open eyes – recognizing Jesus
Luke 24:30-32; Genesis 3:1-7
Open way back – receiving redemption
Luke 24:30; Genesis 3:23-24; Revelation 22:1-5
Open hearts – living in the community
Luke 24:28-29, 32
Open mouths – confessing faith
Questions to ponder:
• About what is the Holy Spirit speaking to you in this passage?
• What one thing will you do, based upon what you are hearing?
Venture Lesson (Blake Coffee)
The Personal Nature of Understanding
There can be no resurrection without the crucifixion. And there no real comprehension of the crucifixion without the resurrection.
Knowing the stories of scripture without applying them to our lives in any practical way is not understanding at all.
When the Spirit opens scripture to us, there is an unquenchable thirst for more. Shouldn’t that be a daily prayer?
It was always the words or the deeds of the resurrected Christ which caused people to recognize Him. Today, let your words or deeds show someone Jesus.
Should we pray for courage to talk about Jesus? Or should we pray for such a profound encounter with Him today that we have no choice but to talk about it?
(New International Version)
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem.14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 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?”
19 “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.20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 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. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 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.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 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?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.