Today’s Reading of the Story is on page 384 beginning with the words, “Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus…” and ends on page 386 with the words, “…but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” If you are reading in your bible, read Luke 24:13-49
I’ve always envied these two. Like Mary Magdalene, they were among the first to see Jesus alive from the dead. Somewhere in their 7 mile walk TO the village of Emmaus, Jesus came among them.
Luke 24:14-16 (NIV) 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
Was it the setting sun (as they were heading west) that kept them from recognizing Jesus? Was it their grief that kept them? Did the Lord Himself keep them from recognizing Him until He was ready to open their eyes to His resurrection? Remember what Jesus said before?
Matthew 11:27 (NIV) No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
We can’t be sure. But one thing that is certain is that their walk became the opportunity for Jesus to teach them – and teach them He did!
Luke 24:27 (NIV) And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
I once took a 10-week class entitled: “Christ in the Book of Isaiah”. It was a great class, but I am certain these two learned more in their walk with Jesus in those few minutes than I did in 10 weeks.
How ironic! Jesus reveals Himself in “all the Scriptures” that He is the Christ, but they can’t see the Messiah even when He is walking beside them, even though they understand what the Bible says. It reminds me of when Jesus said to Nicodemus:
John 3:3 (NIV) Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
It is possible to sit with the King (as Nicodemus did) and walk with the King (as these two on the Road to Emmaus did) and watch the King enthroned (as the chief priests, the teachers of the Law and the elders did) and still not recognize Him as Your King, even when there is a sign over His head:
John 19:19-21 (NIV) 19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
What John wrote in His Gospel, introducing us to Jesus the Christ, the Word made flesh, is true:
John 1:10-13 (NIV) 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–…but born of God.
What happens when you believe, when you are born again? You get out of your chair, you don’t finish dinner, and you walk (they probably ran) 7 more miles back to Jerusalem to tell the good news that the King lives.
Though these two weren’t numbered among the “Eleven”, Cleopas and his friend were known well enough to the disciples and to Jesus. Did He know they would run back and tell the good news of Easter to the Eleven? He knows ALL things (see John 16:30 & John 21:17)
What do you say we keep the Good News of Easter alive in our hearts and on our lips?
He is Risen. He is Risen Indeed!
Open our eyes, Holy Spirit, that we may see Jesus as our Risen Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen