Sermon Snap Shot May 5, 2019

Sermon Snap Shot May 5, 2019

The two disciples on the road to Emmaus – like all of the others, including Jesus’ closest 12 – were feeling so confident. They knew they were seeing things perfectly clear. Jesus would ride into Jerusalem. He would somehow overthrow the religious and political establishment. He would restore the unified, Davidic kingdom that the prophets had promised. They were so sure that they saw things clearly…
And then, not only does this not happen, but their leader, their future king is utterly humiliated…for all Jerusalem to see. He was mocked, spit upon and tortured to death. They were sad. They were frustrated. They were disillusioned. They thought they saw things clearly, but now their vision was more clouded than ever.
But then, the Great Ophthalmologist enters the scene and he uses a two-step approach to heal their blurred vision. First, he has Bible Study with them, walking them through the Torah and the Prophets. And then he takes, blesses, breaks and gives them bread…and in the snap of a finger…their vision is restored. They can see clearly now!
When we are younger, we think that we see things clearly…”I’ve got it all figured out!” But over time we realize that we didn’t see things so clearly after all. And our journey of faith becomes this never-ending process of asking our Great Ophthalmologist to heal us…again and again and again. And, if over time if we are faithful to our appointments, we begin to see things more clearly.
We begin to see ourselves more clearly.
We begin to see our neighbors more clearly.
We begin to see our enemies more clearly.
We begin to see God and all of God’s world more clearly.
From Sunday, May 5 message based on Luke 24:13-31, “Open Our Eyes…That We Might See”
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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