An unbelievable conversation occurred the very day that the disciples discovered Jesus’ body was not in the tomb. I believe it is important for me to allow St. Luke to narrate the story without commentary in chapter 24:13-35:
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 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.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So, he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
WHAT AN AMAZING STORY AND EXPERIENCE! Two firsthand, distraught witnesses from the day of the crucifixion through Sunday when Christ’s body could not be found were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The emotional roller coaster these guys had experienced must have been exhausting; yet they were still buzzing along when Jesus walked up unannounced incognito. During the journey, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Can you imagine the insight Jesus would have had and the passion He would have exuded? Later in the evening at dinner, Jesus blessed the bread before the meal, broke it, then served them. Immediately, they recognized Him, and He disappeared. Their hearts were burning within them! As exhausted as they surely were, these two men immediately and hurriedly walked the seven miles back to Jerusalem, located the eleven disciples (without Judas), and announced the news that Jesus was alive! What a testimony! What an unbelievable day?!
Do you realize that you can walk along the “Emmaus Road” with God every day? God the Holy Spirit, the Comforter and One like Jesus, abides in your heart desiring to fellowship and walk with you daily. 1 John 1:7 states, “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.” Furthermore, Revelation 3:20, declares that “He stands at the door of your heart and knocks. If you hear his voice and open the door, he will come in and eat with you, and you with him.” Every day, you can walk along the “Emmaus Road” with God, and much like the two men above, dine with Him daily. What a wonderful journey!