The Hidden Lord Reveals Himself

Questions for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion

Adam Kurihara - April 14, 2024

The Hidden Lord Reveals Himself

The Way of Light

Scripture References: Luke 24:13-35

From Series: "The Way of Light"

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Read Luke 24:13-15:

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

  1. Think about a situation when you have felt confused about what God is doing, or far from God – if comfortable, share some of what this felt like for you.
  2. Adam shared on Sunday that often the risen Jesus is hidden. He comes to Cleopas and the other traveller with questions, letting them share all that they have seen in the last few days. These questions hint at a deeper longing in their hearts. Share about a time when you thought Jesus was hidden, or hard to find.
  3. Have you ever felt like Jesus met you in your grief with a question?
  4. Do you remember the two ways Adam shared that Jesus reveals himself? (His Word, and His Table)
  5. Share about a time when you have seen Jesus in his word? At his table?
  6. Adam talked about a pattern of faith that the Emmaus Road lays out for us. (Disorientation, Discovery, Belief, Proclamation) Does one of these seasons of faith resonate with where you are now?
  7. Discuss this quote from Tim Chester: “Everything else – creation, redemption, mission – is ‘for’ this: that we might eat together in the presence of God. God created the world so we might eat with him.”
  8. What did you sense God saying to you through this passage and message?