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Never Count the Cost!

Did not our hearts burn within us as He talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?
Acts 2:14,22-33; Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11; 1Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35

Sermon Week Third Sunday of Easter Cycle A

Scripture Summary Luke 24:32

In 1872, a great demonstration was held in New Castle, Scotland. Crowds had gathered to give tribute to a man who had been born exactly 100 years before. His name was Robert Stevenson, and he was the grandfather of the famed writer, Robert Louis Stevenson. Robert Stevenson had distinguished himself as an engineer in Scotland, and the parade in his honor featured dozens of banners. At the center of the procession walked a group of peasants who lived a great distance away, in the tiny village where the elder Stevenson had been born. They carried a small banner which, though not as attractively adorned as some of the other signs, bore the most profound message. It read: "He was one of us!"

We may be like those peasants in more ways than one. As we find ourselves marching shoulder to shoulder with others who honor Christ, our banners for him may not be as attractively adorned as theirs. We may not be as knowledgeable about Scripture. We may not be as gifted in our ability to speak or sing. We may not possess as captivating a personality as others who love the Lord. But humble though our own life may be, we can still hold up the sign with the most inspiring message: "He was one of us!"

In today's Gospel Lesson, two of Jesus' disciples are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus -- a seven-mile journey. As they talk to each other about what had happened in Jerusalem during the past few days, Jesus Himself joins them. "But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him," Luke tells us. They didn't realize that "He was one of us."

The Risen Christ listens patiently as they tell Him the story of the crucifixion on Friday and the empty tomb on Sunday morning. Clearly, these events have left them confused and bewildered. Therefore, Jesus transforms the conversation into a teaching experience. He says to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!" (Lk. 24:25). Then, "Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He [...]

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