What Didn’t Make the Cut
April 15, 2018
A fifteen to twenty-minute sermon necessitates that some ideas and quotes fall to the ground of the cutting room floor. Below are some of those which didn’t quite make it past the first round from this last Sunday.
The two men showing hospitality to a (divine) stranger has Old Testament parallels in Genesis 18,19 where both Abraham and Lot share a meal with angels.
Cleopas speaks of Jesus as a “prophet.” This is interesting in that some argue that Cleopas’ speech originally ended in Luke 24:20. Did they think of Jesus only as a prophet?
Played with the idea that life is truly a journey of never arriving at Emmaus (any destination). Life is a process of letting go of our expectations and receiving new understandings and ways of being as we exist.
The miraculous disappearance of Jesus (Luke 24:31) shows he is no longer present and accessible in the way he was before his death. Therefore, Christian faith in the resurrection of Jesus believes that what the name “Jesus” stands for is present in the interpersonal event of true human fellowship. The spirit of Christ is present when we come together to converse and share a meal with others.
The two men knew the facts surrounding the death of Jesus and the empty tomb. They did not grasp the meaning of these. This is what Jesus converses with them about.
Whatever faith the disciples might have had in Jesus and whatever they believed Jesus’ message was about, it was all destroyed (deconstructed) and disproved on the cross. Today, when are beliefs or ideas harden, we are limited to what we can perceive. Do give it up or reconstruct it in to something new? OR Let’s not try to put Humpty Dumpty back together in the same way he once was.
If you would like to hear what makes the cut, visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/beatitudesradio/2018/04/16/gathering-26-rev-tony-minear-the-road-to-emmaus to hear the sermon.
Rev. Tony Minear, PhD. is the Lead Pastor at Church of the Beatitudes a Progressive Christian Church based in Phoenix AZ.
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