Later the same day, two men who were Jesus’ followers are walking home on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus, which is about seven miles away. They are walking slowly, discussing the events of the weekend, mourning Jesus’ death. Jesus joins them and walks along with them, listening. They don’t recognize Him, because God has made Him look different to them. Jesus asks them what they are talking about, and they look up at Him sadly. Cleopas, one of the two, says, “I can’t believe You haven’t heard what happened. I thought everyone knew.” “Knew what?” Jesus asks gently. “About Jesus of Nazareth. We thought He was the Messiah. He was at least a great prophet, we know that for sure. He did so many amazing miracles – healing the sick and teaching about God and the Kingdom of Heaven. But the Sanhedrin was jealous of Him and had Him crucified three days ago. One of the men who was secretly following Him laid His body in his own tomb, but early this morning, the women who went to anoint His body came back saying that He was gone, and that angels were there who told them that He is alive again. Two of His apostles went to see and confirmed the women’s story, at least the part about His body being gone.” Cleopas kicks a stone in the road in his grief. Jesus says, “You don’t believe this story? This is what the prophets of old foretold in the Holy Scripture. They clearly state that the Messiah will have to suffer and die, but will rise from the dead and return to His Father in Heaven.” As the three continue walking down the road, Jesus explains all the prophecies about the Messiah, from the books of Moses all the way through the prophets. When He finishes, they are almost to Emmaus. “I AM going on from here,” Jesus begins, but the men stop Him, saying, “Oh, do come and eat supper with us. It has been a long day and I’m sure You could use nourishment and a good night’s rest before continuing on Your journey.” Jesus accepts their invitation and goes home with them. Soon, they are sitting down at the table to eat their supper. Jesus sits in the place of honor and asks the blessing over the meal. He picks up a loaf of bread, blesses it, breaks it, and hands each of the men a piece. As He does this, God lifts the veil over their eyes and they see who is sitting there with them. Eyes widening, they turn to look at each other, and Jesus vanishes right before their eyes. “Wow! It was really Him! It’s true, it’s all true!” “So that’s why my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest when He was telling us about the Holy Scripture!” Rising as one, they both run out of the house and start back for Jerusalem. They can’t wait to tell the apostles about this! Reaching the place where the apostles are staying, they pound on the door excitedly. A pair of eyes peers through the window before the door is flung open. The men see a flurry of activity inside – the apostles are preparing to depart for Galilee. One of them greets the two men and says, “Jesus really is alive! Peter saw Him and spoke to Him! He told us to go to Galilee and He will meet us there.” The men from Emmaus watch the apostles hurrying to pack supplies, grinning. Cleopas clears his throat and says, “We have some news to share as well.” All activity stops as the men turn to hear what he has to say. He and his friend tell their story, and the excitement in the room is palpable.
Mark 16:12-13, Luke 24:13-35