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"The right focus"
Summary of sermon by Erlo
Stegen, 11 Aug 2013
(Wedding of Thembinkosi Zuma and
|Luke 2413 And, behold, two of
them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about
14 And they talked together of all
these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that,
while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were holden that
they should not know him.
17 And he said unto them, What
manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name
was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not
known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What
things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty
in deed and word before God and all the people:
30 And it came to pass, as he sat
at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it,and brake, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and
they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32 And they said one to another,
Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened
to us the scriptures?
33 And they rose up the same hour,
and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with
34 Saying, The Lord is risen
indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 And they told what things were
done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
45 Then opened he their
understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is
written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
After Jesus had been crucified and buried, these disciples missed
out on the greatest matter that ever happened in history. They missed the significance of
history's greatest event, that would never be repeated again. Why did they miss it?
Because they looked at their own problems. They had expected Jesus to be king on earth and
rule and when He was arrested and killed it did not fit their expectations and so they
left their fellow disciples and went home. Their hopes and expectations had been crushed.
They never thought that this could've happened. Their minds were so overwhelmed that they
didn't even recognize Jesus when He walked and talked with them! It was too much for them.
They lost their focus and deserted those who worshiped God in
truth and went their own way.
We too are in danger of missing out on the Lord Jesus if we focus
on our own problems, bitterness and disappointments, feeling we have been wronged and so
focusing on that.
They would've been helped had they stayed with the disciples for
the angels appeared to the women to tell them of the resurrection. Peter and John ran to
the grave and found it even as the women had said and the grave clothes in such a way that
the only explanation was that He had indeed risen from the dead. Peter and John saw the
grave clothes lying intact and the head covering folded by itself and they believed. Jesus
Himself also appeared to them. They could've rejoiced with the disciples, but instead they
were alone on their own way.
Jesus had arisen but they were preoccupied with their own
loneliness and disappointment.
Don't be preoccupied with your own disappointments but look to
Jesus. Through that you will be strengthened and receive the very encouragement that you
Have you met up with confusing things where everything seems wrong
It was the same with them for they isolated themselves instead of
staying with the body of believers.
Their eyes were only opened as they looked to Jesus when He broke
the bread. As they looked away from their own problems, He opened their minds to
understand the scriptures.
The great thing is that at the moment their eyes were opened and
Jesus vanished from their sight, that they got up and ran to Jerusalem to the other
disciples! They went back to the place where they should've been, to the fellowship of
believers. Then the disciples had sweet fellowship together. Previously they were full of
vindictiveness and bitterness for they blamed the pharisees for the things done to their
Let this be a lesson for each one of us, not to go in a path away
from our Lord, but that we be where He wants us to be. May this word be precious to you
that your eyes be focused on Jesus. He only can help you in your troubles.
Their cold hearts were made warm by the words of the Lord.