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Bible Story

On the Road to Emmaus

Put others first by helping them understand.

Luke 24:13-35

13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were going to a village called Emmaus. It was about seven miles from Jerusalem.
14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.
15 As they talked about those things, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them.
16 But God kept them from recognizing him.
17 Jesus asked them, “What are you talking about as you walk along?” They stood still, and their faces were sad.
18 One of them was named Cleopas. He said to Jesus, “You must be a visitor to Jerusalem. If you lived there, you would know the things that have happened there in the last few days.”
19 “What things?” Jesus asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet. He was powerful in what he said and did in the eyes of God and all of the people.
20 The chief priests and our rulers handed Jesus over to be sentenced to death. They nailed him to a cross.
21 But we had hoped that he was the one who was going to set Israel free. Also, it is the third day since all this happened.
22 “Some of our women amazed us too. Early this morning they went to the tomb.
23 But they didn’t find his body. So they came and told us what they had seen. They saw angels, who said Jesus was alive.
24 Then some of our friends went to the tomb. They saw it was empty, just as the women had said. They didn’t see Jesus’ body there.”
25 Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are! How long it takes you to believe all that the prophets said!
26 Didn’t the Christ have to suffer these things and then receive his glory?”
27 Jesus explained to them what was said about himself in all the Scriptures. He began with Moses and all the Prophets.
28 The two men approached the village where they were going. Jesus acted as if he were going farther.
29 But they tried hard to keep him from leaving. They said, “Stay with us. It is nearly evening. The day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 He joined them at the table. Then he took bread and gave thanks. He broke it and began to give it to them.
31 Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. But then he disappeared from their sight.
32 They said to each other, “He talked with us on the road. He opened the Scriptures to us. Weren’t our hearts burning inside us during that time?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them. They were all gathered together.
34 They were saying, “It’s true! The Lord has risen! He has appeared to Simon!”
35 Then the two of them told what had happened to them on the way. They told how they had recognized Jesus when he broke the bread.

Daily Devotionals

Read Luke 24:27

When Jesus met the men on the road to Emmaus, they had no idea they were actually talking to Jesus! Jesus had been crucified and buried. They’d heard that the tomb was empty. But Jesus wasn’t dead. He was alive and with them on the road!

As they walked, Jesus started explaining everything the Scriptures said about God’s promised Savior, how he would have to die and then be raised back to life. They couldn’t believe what they were hearing, and they didn’t want Jesus to stop talking! So, they invited him to eat with them, and as he broke the bread, suddenly they recognized this man was Jesus!

Jesus took the time to explain everything about Himself. He was humble, patient, and kind. We can treat others in the same way.

You can put others first by helping them

Read Colossians 3:12

Whether you’ve thought about it or not, your clothes say something about you. Just like you’d never leave the house without getting dressed, God wants you to clothe yourself with humility.

Grab your favorite piece of clothing like your favorite hoodie or pair of jeans. With an adult’s permission, write “BE HUMBLE” on the tag. As you put it on this week, stop and think about God’s deep love for you. Ask God to help you show love by putting others first this week.

Read 1 Corinthians 10:24

Do you know what it means to be self-centered? It means to be preoccupied with yourself, to only think about what you want. We live in a self-centered world where people worry about themselves instead of caring for others. When you’re self-centered, everything is about me, me, me! But humility takes the focus off of me and puts it on others.

Just think about how different your world would be if everyone in your class at school chose humility?

While you can’t control what others do, you can control what you do. Thankfully God will help you! Spend some time in prayer today. Name the kids in your class at school or on your ball team or in your neighborhood. Ask God to help you put those friends first this week.

Read James 4:10

When we recognize who God is, we understand that God is worthy of all honor and praise. When we understand how mighty and powerful and loving and perfect God is, we “humble” ourselves and think about how God wants us to live.

God lovingly sent Jesus to save us so long ago. Jesus came to serve, to show us who God is and to give His life for us. Serving and humility go hand in hand and we see that in the way God loves and cares for us.

Write down the name of someone you know who is great at serving others?
How do they put others first?
Write down one way you can put that person first this week!

As your kid starts their day, tell them something you admire about how they treat others.

At a meal, have everyone at the table answer this question: “What is one thing you believe about Jesus?”

While on the go, ask your kid: “Name one person who has taught you how to do something. (Coach, teacher, dance instructor) What did they teach you to do?”

Pray for each other: “Jesus, thank You for saving us from sin and being our friend. Help us to find ways to tell others about You—and to be brave, kind, and loving to do it!”