This past Sunday at the Table we discussed the resurrection by looking at the story of the two travellers on the road to Emmaus. 

We spent a bit of time looking at the chiastic structrue of the text. _(This was something I hadn’t noticed prior to working on this message)_.

Often, the pivot point on a structure like this serves as the crucial part of the text. In this story, the two disciples share their understanding of what occurred over the past few days with Jesus (who they believe is a stranger).

And although they had heard the rumours that Jesus might be alive, the words that seem to best express their state at this point are: *“We had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel”*

We had a good discussion as to why, despite the possibility that Jesus had risen from the dead, they remained forlorn. That led to a discussion about how we modern Westerners tend to view the cross much differently than Jesus’ earliest followers would have. 

At that point _(the pivot of the story)_, Jesus opens the Hebrew scriptures to them and explains how the entirety of the scriptures pointed to him, specifically how the Messiah would suffer before entering his glory. (See Deuteronomy 21:22-23, and 1 Corinthians 1:18-31).

Luke 24 continued with Jesus in a room in Jerusalem with the 11 apostles, as well as these two disciples, once again opening their minds to the scriptures so that they could understand what had just occurred.

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Next Sunday we will be back continuing our journey through the Sermon on the Mount. If you are in the area, we would love for you to join us!

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