Sunday 26th April: 3rd Sunday of Easter
Scripture: Luke 24: 13-26
13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were going to a town named Emmaus. It is about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking about everything that had happened. 15 While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself came near and began walking with them. 16 (They were not allowed to recognize Jesus.) 17 Then he said, “What are these things you are talking about while you walk?”
The two followers stopped. Their faces were very sad. 18 The one named Cleopas answered, “You must be the only one in Jerusalem who does not know what just happened there.”
19 Jesus said to them, “What are you talking about?”
The followers said, “It is about Jesus of Nazareth. He was a prophet from God to all the people. He said and did many powerful things. 20 Our leaders and the leading priests gave him up to be judged and killed. They nailed him to a cross. 21 But we were hoping that he would free the Jews. It is now the third day since this happened. 22 And today some women among us told us some amazing things. Early this morning they went to the tomb, 23 but they did not find his body there. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels. The angels said that Jesus was alive! 24 So some of our group went to the tomb, too. They found it just as the women said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 Then Jesus said to them, “You are foolish and slow to realize what is true. You should believe everything the prophets said.”
Our Bible lesson today tells an amazing story about a day when someone important walked and talked with some men on the Road to Emmaus, but they didn’t even recognize Him. Let’s see what that might have been like for the men on the Road to Emmaus.
Can you find something to use as a blindfold? If you can’t, you can just close your eyes.
Now, ask the other members of your household (this could be mum, dad, brothers and sisters/granny and granpa) and ask them to stand around you in a circle.
Now put on your blindfold or shut your eyes and turn around a couple of times.
Each of the people standing around you can now give you a true or false fact about what they are wearing.
Such as “today I’m wearing brown shoes” and you try and decide whether you believe them just from the sound of their voice.
Is it hard to see who is telling the truth without actually ‘seeing’, or do you have faith that the person is telling the truth?
Here’s what the special man said to them:
“Do you find it so difficult to believe what was written by the prophets in the Scripture? It was predicted by the prophets that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering His time of glory.”
Who do you think it is that is talking to them on the road?
If you’ve heard this story before, you know the men were talking to Jesus even though they didn’t realize it.
For some of you, it was easy to guess who our special guests were today, but for others it was difficult.
These men on the road had just been through a hard time.
They knew Jesus had been crucified so He would not have been their first guess of who they were talking to on the road. Jesus had to open their eyes to see it was Him.
God, thank you that Jesus died for our sins. Not only did He die, but He defeated death and rose again.
Thank You that Jesus is alive and working in the world today.
Open our eyes, (kids, take off blindfolds) because we want to see Jesus!
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Activity 1: The Road to Emmaus – SEEING JESUS sight chart
If you have ever been to the optician for an eye test, these charts will be familiar to you.
But we are going to make one to help us see Jesus more clearly (left).
Get a sheet of paper – as big as you can find
The letters on the first line at the top of the page will be BIG
The letters on the second line will be a little bit smaller
The letters on the third line will be smaller still – and so on until the letters are so tiny you cannot read them without a magnifying glass.
Then stick the chart on a wall and get member of your family to try and read it. See who can read furthest down the chart.
Click the link above and see below for what to write:
JESUS HELPS US TO SEE AND UNDERSTAND OUR LIVES
JESUS HELPS ME TO SEE MORE CLEARLY
JESUS HELPS ME TO SEE THAT HE LOVES ME
JESUS HELPS ME TO SEE THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR
JESUS SEES US AND LOVES US
Jesus sees everything
Jesus, see me and love me