The Meaning of Redemption
Luke 24:13 ¶ That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
Luke 24:14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
Luke 24:15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
Luke 24:16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
Luke 24:17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.
Luke 24:18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
Luke 24:19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
Luke 24:20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
Luke 24:21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.
Luke 24:22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning,
Luke 24:23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
Luke 24:24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”
Luke 24:25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
Luke 24:26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
Luke 24:28 ¶ So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther,
Luke 24:29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.
Luke 24:30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.
Luke 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.
Luke 24:32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
Luke 24:33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,
Luke 24:34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”
Luke 24:35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Pastor James Kim is the Founding Pastor of Synergy Church. He earned a Masters of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and a Postgraduate Degree in Scripture & Theology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Pastor James grew up in Uganda, Africa as the son of a medical missionary, and spent his teenage years in Brazil before coming to the United States. He has a passion for preaching, teaching, and evangelizing in a postmodern, global context.