This lesson can help students understand how to invite the Holy Ghost to teach them of Jesus Christ. Additionally, they will learn that Jesus Christ is a resurrected being with flesh and bones.
Ask students to ponder whether they have ever struggled to know whether a gospel concept is true.
Explain that in Luke 24:13 we learn that two disciples left Jerusalem the same day that a group of women found Jesus’s empty tomb. They traveled about 6–7.5 miles (10–12 kilometers) “to a village called Emmaus.” Studying their experience on the road to Emmaus can help us know how to strengthen our testimonies of Jesus Christ and His gospel.
Invite a student to read Luke 24:14–17 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for who joined the two disciples as they walked.
Who joined the disciples as they traveled to Emmaus?
Why did the disciples not recognize Jesus? (Explain that the word holden in Luke 24:16 means restrained or covered.)
Invite students to take turns reading aloud from Luke 24:17–33. Ask the class to follow along, looking for what the disciples learned from Jesus as they walked with Him without recognizing who He was.
What did Jesus teach the disciples?
What tool did He use to teach about Himself? (The scriptures.)
In verse 32, what does it mean that the disciples’ hearts burned within them? (The Holy Ghost testified that the teachings about Jesus in the scriptures were true.)
Invite students to ponder what the disciples might have learned from Jesus’s using the scriptures to teach them rather than simply revealing who He was. You might ask a few students to share their thoughts.
What principle do these verses teach about the effects of our own scripture study? (After students respond, write the following principle on the board: As we study the scriptures, we invite the Holy Ghost to teach us of Jesus Christ.)
Besides a burning in our hearts, how else would you describe what we might experience as the Holy Ghost testifies of Jesus Christ?
Ask students to locate a scripture that has helped them feel the Holy Ghost teaching them about Jesus Christ. Invite them to share their scriptures and the effects of what they have felt. You may also want to share a scripture that has helped you personally.
Remind students that even though it is important to read the New Testament for seminary credit, it is even more important to study the scriptures in a way that invites the Holy Ghost to strengthen their testimonies of the Savior.
If possible, provide copies of a bookmark with the following statement by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, or invite students to write the statement on a blank piece of paper or cardstock that can be used as a bookmark. (A printable PDF sheet with multiple bookmarks is available in the online version of this lesson.)
Invite a student to read the statement by Elder Christofferson aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for ways in which they can improve their personal scripture study.
Invite students to set a goal to study their scriptures in ways that invite the Holy Ghost to increase their faith in and knowledge of Jesus Christ. You might suggest that they write this goal on the back of the bookmark so they can use it as a reminder during their scripture study.
Explain that the disciples who were with Jesus on the road to Emmaus immediately returned to Jerusalem and related their experience to the Apostles and other disciples (see Luke 24:33–35).
Invite the class to read aloud in unison the scripture mastery passage in Luke 24:36–39, looking for what happened while the disciples reported their experience to the disciples.
What happened while the disciples reported their experience?
Display the picture Jesus Shows His Wounds (Gospel Art Book , no. 60; see also LDS.org).
What did Jesus invite His disciples to do to help them understand that He was not merely a spirit but had a physical body?
What doctrine can we learn from these verses? (Students may identify a variety of doctrines, but be sure to emphasize that Jesus Christ is a resurrected being with a body of flesh and bones. Write this doctrine on the board; see also D&C 130:22.)
Invite a few students to share their testimonies of the Savior’s Resurrection and to explain why this doctrine is important to them, or invite them to share what they wrote in their scripture study journals for assignment 3 from the Unit 12: Day 3 lesson. Conclude by testifying of the reality of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection.
Explain to students that as they study John 2–6, they will learn the answers to the following questions: What was Jesus’s first public miracle? How did it help His mother? Why did He cleanse the temple? To whom did Jesus first declare that He is the Messiah? What did He reveal to this woman about her life that only He could know? Why did the Savior refer to Himself as living water and the Bread of Life? Students will also read about Jesus Christ ministering in majesty and power.