On the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35. The morning after sunrise of the 18th Nisan. Two disciples walking to the village of Emmaus on the same day Jesus had risen from the dead. On the way, Jesus met them.

What were they talking about? Jesus dying on a cross.

The one that caused all the fuss was the one who pretended He did not know what had happened in Jerusalem over the last few days in the middle of the Passover week.

It was only at the meal table, as they eating, that their eyes were opened and they understood they had been speaking with Jesus, when He broke the bread.

Of the two disciples one was called Cleopas and the other, we do not know his or her name. Neither disciple was one of the Eleven. Actually, we do not even know that Cleopas’s associate was male.

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On the Road to Emmaus Jesus Meets Two Disciples

24:13 On the same day, two of Jesus’ followers were walking to a village called Emmaus, about 60 stadia from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about all these things that had taken place. 15 While they were discussing and analyzing what had happened, Jesus himself approached and began to walk with them, 16 but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing with each other as you’re walking along?” They stood still and looked gloomy.

18 The one whose name was Cleopas answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know what happened there in the past few days?”

19 He asked them, “What things?”

They answered him, “The events involving Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet, mighty in what he said and did before God and all the people, 20 and how our high priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and had him crucified. 21 But we kept hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel. What is more, this is now the third day since these things occurred. 22 Even some of our women have startled us by what they told us. They were at the tomb early this morning 23 and didn’t find his body there, so they came back and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who were saying that he was alive. 24 Then some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said. However, they didn’t see him.”

25 Then Jesus told them, “O, how foolish you are! How slow you are to believe everything the prophets said! 26 The Messiah had to suffer these things and then enter his glory, didn’t he?” 27 Then, beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them all the passages of Scripture about himself.

28 As they came near the village where the two men were headed, Jesus acted as though he were going farther. 29 But they strongly urged him, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the daylight is nearly gone.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 While he was at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed it, broke it in pieces, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they knew who he was. And he vanished from them.

32 Then they asked each other, “Our hearts kept burning within us as he was talking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us, didn’t they?”

33 They got up right away, went back to Jerusalem, and found the eleven disciples and their companions all together. 34 They kept saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then the two men began to tell what had happened on the road and how they had recognized him when he broke the bread in pieces.
Luke 24:13-35
Also read: Mark 16:12-13.

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