This is a stand-alone Easter sermon.

If you place your hope in the wrong thing, you’re sure to be disappointed. That was the lesson on the road to Emmaus.

Have you ever had your hopes dashed? Hope for a relationship to work out. Or for a health scare to disappear. Or for a better job or advancement in a career. Or for your kids to start making better choices. We all hope for something, and hope can be dangerous. In the story of the road to Emmaus (Luke 24), we find some disciples of Christ despairing after his death. But Jesus himself gives them insight into the nature of true hope.

Key Points:

  1. Hope is a dangerous thing.
  2. The disciples had hoped that Jesus was the Messiah.
  3. Jesus opened their eyes to see him for who he really is.
  4. Our greatest hope is found in the risen Jesus.

Key Text:

Luke 24:13-16 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

Luke 24:25-27 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luke 24:30-31 As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

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