Sermons

Home > Sermons

Not What We Expected

What happens when Jesus opens our eyes to recognize him?

Average Rating:  [see ratings/reviews]Not What We Expected

Audio Sample:

Back to Outline

Add to Cart:

  • PDF Transcript $1.95add
  • Audio $1.95add
  • All Types$2.95add

Introduction

(Illustration: Description of seeing the Mona Lisa for the first time.)

Have you ever had an experience where things didn't turn out as you had expected? Who hasn't had at least one experience like that? Maybe it was a restaurant that didn't live up to the hype. Maybe it was a vacation that turned out to be a bust. Maybe you've experienced that in your career or in your marriage—it's not all you expected it to be.

For many, that describes their experience with Christ and the church. What they thought Christianity was going to be is not what they've experienced it to be—and disappointment and despair have settled in.

That was the experience of two people who were traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus the first Easter. They were distraught and disappointed by the events they had witnessed. So what changed their perspective? An encounter with the resurrected Christ.

(Read Luke 24:13-17)

What this story does for us is that it shows us how easy it is for us to try to make Jesus fit in our "box"—to conform to our preconceived ideas. The truth is, when we can't see Jesus for who he really is, the problem is always on the receiving end, never on the revealing end.

Do you want to see the resurrected and living Jesus for who he is in your life? If so, let's ask a couple of vital questions about this story.

What prevents us from seeing Jesus?

Why were these two kept from recognizing Jesus? I think the answer to that question is why this passage is important to us. Jesus doesn't just want these two to see that he is resurrected and alive; he wants them to understanding why his death had to happen, and that requires taking the time to address their faulty perspective. The two on the road to Emmaus were unable to see ...

sermon Preview

This sermon is available to purchase a la carte or
for PreachingToday.com subscribers at no additional cost.

To continue reading:

Steve Abbott is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Steve Abbott:
|Search



Rating & Reviews

Average User Rating:

Displaying 1–1 of 1 comments

Center Point Chrc

March 20, 2017  2:13pm

I plan to use this for Easter.

Report Abuse

Please to rate and review this sermon. Or subscribe now for full access.

Related Sermon Illustrations

Jesus Christ as Paradox

Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin's womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door ...

[ Read More ]
Larry King Tries to Beat the Despair of Death

Larry King Tries to Beat the Despair of Death

A lengthy interview with TV personality Larry King claimed that the now 81-year-old (as of 2015) King is "fixated on dying." The New York Times interviewer wrote:

Shawn King, his seventh ...
[ Read More ]

More Sermon illustrations

Related videos

Reflections Of Lent: Easter | Skit Guys Studios | Preaching Today Media

Reflections Of Lent: Easter | Skit Guys Studios

Inspired by the Psalms of King David, this series of 9 reflective videos will prepare your congregation for worship during the season of Lent. Use as a call worship, sermon intro, worship reflection, or during any transition time that suits your worship service. Includes versions with text and without text. [ Read More ]
Easter Worship Intro | Skit Guys Studios | Preaching Today Media

Easter Worship Intro | Skit Guys Studios

Christ has risen! Start your Easter worship service or sermon with this moving video expressing the celebration of Easter and the significance of Christ’s resurrection in our lives. [ Read More ]

More videos

Print this pageShopping CartHelpMy Account