by Pastor William Carrol
Times Square Church, NYC
October 9, 2011 – Sometimes Jesus will reveal His plan to us without revealing Himself. We can have some answers and some comfort and then Jesus might walk away. It is not enough for Jesus to walk and talk with us He wants us to need Him. He desires us to simply ask Him to come closer and reveal Himself to us. Should it ever be enough to come into the Kingdom of God without seeing the King’s face? If you invite Jesus in He will come in and reveal Himself to us.
“I want to see Jesus and I want to be a witness of His resurrection. Ask, seek, knock, you will receive, you will find. The door will be opened. In Jesus’s Holy Name.”
When Jesus Walks Away. http://sermon3a.tscnyc.ws/2011/mp3g/20111009S2.mp3 (Click to listen)
Read the Scripture: Luke 24:13-49
13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 16 But God kept them from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”
They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. 18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”
19 “What things?” Jesus asked.
“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. 20 But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.
22 “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. 23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! 24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”
25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. ~Luke 24:13-27