Now that same day two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. Together they were discussing everything that had taken place. And while they were discussing and arguing, Jesus Himself came near and began to walk along with them. But they were prevented from recognizing Him. Then He asked them, “What is this dispute that you’re having with each other as you are walking?” And they stopped walking and looked discouraged.
The one named Cleopas answered Him, “Are You the only visitor in Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that happened there in these days?”
“What things?” He asked them.
So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a Prophet powerful in action and speech before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed Him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified Him. But we were hoping that He was the One who was about to redeem Israel. Besides all this, it’s the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women from our group astounded us. They arrived early at the tomb, and when they didn’t find His body, they came and reported that they had seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they didn’t see Him.”
He said to them, “How unwise and slow you are to believe in your hearts all that the prophets have spoken! Didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
They came near the village where they were going, and He gave the impression that He was going farther. But they urged Him: “Stay with us, because it’s almost evening, and now the day is almost over.” So He went in to stay with them.”
It was as He reclined at the table with them that He took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him, but He disappeared from their sight. So they said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts ablaze within us while He was talking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:13-32)
This is one of the encounters that happened following the resurrection of Jesus. There were two followers of Jesus who were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They were distraught. They were discouraged. They had lost their joy, their hope. And here comes Jesus. And for the longest time, Jesus did not reveal Himself to the two. Instead, He makes this a teaching opportunity. He spends about seven miles sharing about all that was revealed about Himself in the words of Moses and the Prophets (the Old Testament). And only at the end of the day when they were breaking bread together, did He reveal Himself to the two.
I think we all have those times like the two followers. We have our struggles and doubts We lose hope and faith in the midst of hard times and struggles. But like those two, we need to be reminded again of the truth. That Jesus is alive. That He did rise from the grave. That is has all authority. And He loves us and wants us to keep being faithful.
This week, let us be reminded of the hope that we have in Christ. And let us keep being faithful in following Him on the road that we are walking on.