13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is towards evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
The Road to Emmaus
The transition among the disciples was not as easy as some of us would believe. We sometimes think that they were easily convinced that Jesus was raised from the dead. Those on the road to Emmaus are perplexed by all the happenings in Jerusalem and they are walking away in bewilderment. People today might picture that the ancients were easily convinced by the idea that someone might pop out of their grave and start walking around. Some of the people may have allowed for miracles, but in general it was believed that no-one came back from the grave. The disciples heard Jesus talk about the resurrection regularly in the lead up to his death, but he often talked in riddles and parables. It would be fitting if all Jesus’ ‘back-to-life’ talk was just another deep saying that they had to fathom. Those words of Jesus didn’t make sense as a literal saying but only as an allegory.
The evidence of a risen Lord is in the experience that those on the Emmaus had with him. There is the power of fulfilled prophecy, and there is the power of a shared experience.
Upon realising that Jesus is with them, he disappears. The disciples leave the room too. They room is not able to respond to their excitement, so they run back to the other disciples to tell them what they have been astonished to accept.Christ is alive and will come again.
Give us the faith to walk in the belief that there is a resurrection. Help us to live the resurrected life and then to communicate that life effectively to others.
- Who is going to Emmaus?
- How does Jesus reason with them?
- What does this assume?
- How would you prove from the Old Testament that Jesus would die and rise again?
- How do you live out a life that is different because he is alive?