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From first Corinthians fifteen beginning at verse one let's listen to god's word for us this day now I remind you brothers and sisters of the good news that I proclaim to you which you in turn received in which also you stand through which also you are being saved if you're home free hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you unless you have some come to believe in vain for right handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures and that he was buried and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures immediate peer to see first then to the twelve then it appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time most of whom are still alive though some have died then he appeared to James then to all the apostles last of all the one on timely born he appeared also to me this is the word of our lord thanks be to god I got the lesson this morning is taken from Luke chapter twenty four beginning at the thirteenth verse let's listen together to god's words to us now on that same day two of them were going to a village called email us about seven miles from Jerusalem and we're talking with each other about all these things that have happened and while they were talking and discussing Jesus himself came near and went with them but their eyes were kept from recognizing him and he said to them what are you discussing with each other while you walk along they stood still looking sad then one of them whose name was clear opus answered him are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days he asked them what things they replied the things about Jesus of Nazareth who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before god and all the people and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him but we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel and yes and beside all of this it is now the third day since these things took place moreover some women of our group was founded us they were at the tumor early this morning and when they did not find his body there they came back and told us that they had indeed seen the 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 we did not see him then he said to them how foolish you are and how slow of heart to believe all the profits of declared was it not necessary that the messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory and then beginning with Moses and all the profits he interpreted to interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures as they came near to the village to which they were going he walked ahead as if he was going on they urged him strongly saying stay with us because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over so he went in to stay with them and when he was at table with them he took bread lasted and broke it and gave it to them then their eyes were opened and they recognized him and he vanished from their sight they said to each other were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road while he was opening the scriptures to us and that same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem they found the eleven their companions gathered together they were saying the lord has risen indeed and he has if he has appeared to Simon then they told what had happened on the road and how he had made known to them he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread and let us pray hello thank you for the gift of the scriptures this truth of this message we would pray now that the words of my mouth the meditations of our hearts together might find acceptance in your site bridges in through and for the sake of Christ we pray at a man have you ever had the experience of seeing someone you think you should know but then not quite being able to come up with their name or even how it is that you know them I know all of us have had that experience some of us are now talking that up to aging but we tend to look for people in the places we expect to see them and then fail to recognize them when they are out of place one of my very very favorite stories is of some friends of my parents who years ago decided to take a trip around the world leaving Saint Louis the husband felt certain that somewhere along the line he was going to run into someone that he knew so three weeks into the trip they are in Rome they still haven't found anybody that they've known and he was walking down a busy street when he spotted a man that he recognized he knew that he knew this fellow in fact he felt like he knew him really well that he had been in their home but in his excitement he couldn't come up with a man's name so not wanting to miss this opportunity he decided he would swallow his pride and boldly reintroduce himself so he approached this familiar stranger and said hello I'm at mangle store from Saint Louis the gentleman turned and said to him and it is nice to meet you I'm Walter Cronkite from New York well I love that story of course he didn't know him all right I'm I'm sorry of course he knew him but he didn't recognize Walter Cronkite had been in the mangle stores home numerous times before it just didn't expect to see him on the streets of Rome I cannot read the road to MAS story without thinking of that story this passage from Luke's gospel is one of V. great short stories in all of scripture perhaps all in all of literature two of Jesus followers are walking from Jerusalem to the little community of the mayor is just seven miles west of the city it is Sunday it is the first day it is that very day we're told in scripture meaning it's the Easter day as they walked they spoke of their sadness for the one they had hoped would redeem Israel had been arrested and crucified only three days earlier their hopes that he was the promised messiah were dashed in hopelessness pervaded their journey home my guess is some of our walks some of our talks recently have been similarly clouded with a sense of sadness hopelessness or at least hopelessness in the midst of this pandemic haven't they so we get some sense of what they were feeling yet as they walked a stranger came along side them a most unusual man really for he too had been in Jerusalem but he professed to knowing nothing this man Jesus or the events that had taken place in the city that week however as the disciples told their story and I should mention their story is a wonderful synopsis of the whole gospel message as they told their story this stranger in turn completed their telling by explaining how all of these events including Jesus suffering and death and subsequent resurrection fulfilled all the promises of scripture what a strange conversation with a strange fella who suggested that he knew nothing and yet he seemed to know everything the disciples were looking for answers to help them make sense out of their senseless worlds and this fellow seem to have them all immediately there was something familiar about him he was revealing truths to them in a manner that they felt they had heard before but they simply didn't recognize him for who he was you see they didn't expect to see him they certainly didn't expect to see him there they didn't they couldn't until he sat with them and broke bread and it was then that their eyes were opened and they recognized him we can almost hear them saying of course we should have recognized him on the road I knew there was something familiar about him didn't our hearts burn within us as he spoke that's the moment of recognition that's the aha moment when we find the answer or we better when the answer is revealed to us the moment when our hearts are open and we're given the eyes to see what we haven't been able to see before this is a moment of faith when we realize that Jesus is alive and present with us still years ago I heard a lecture by an associate of Dr Elizabeth Kubler Ross the woman who did such pioneering work on death and dying his name was doctor a Mara and he spoke about his experiences with the terminally ill he told one particular story that I've never forgotten he was visiting with a woman who was in her final stages of cancer the woman named Anna told him that she desperately wanted to see Dr Kubler Ross but before he was able to convey that message to her and I died several days later Dr Ammar was walking down the halls of the hospital when a woman approached him that he did not know addressed him by name and ask him to deliver a letter to Dr Kubler Ross there's a look at this woman he recognized something familiar about her as if he had known her from somewhere before but he couldn't place her and after she left he remembered her eyes reminded him of Anna's eyes the woman who had recently died she didn't look like Anna but something told him it really it was her so he said he frantically searched the halls of the hospital trying to find her to no avail but when they opened the letter it was a hand written note of appreciation for the good care she had received and it was signed and the admittedly the questions that story raises are many and yet the experience is so familiar it so closely resembles that of the disciples on the road to a mass Dr imara never expected to see him again she had died the disciples never expected to see Jesus again they were too busy grieving the fact that he too was dead they weren't looking for him they never expected to see him but their blindness was not a disease of the eyes but of the heart they didn't yet have eyes of faith to recognize him as the risen lord and they wouldn't they couldn't until he revealed himself to them in the common act of breaking a piece of bread friends this is far more than a beautiful story about something that happened long ago to someone else in another place this really is our story your story and mine and it happens again and again as we too are slow to see or to recognize the risen Christ in our midst today like the disciples of yesterday we walk our own emails rounds with heads down shoulders slumped carrying at times which seems like the burdens of the whole world particularly now in this season when we're concerned about our own health or the health of our of our kids or our parents or our grandchildren our.

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