Two Disciples on the
Road to Emmaus
Two of Jesus' followers were on their way back to their home in Emmaus from Jerusalem on the first Easter Sunday.
As they were talking together about all the things that had happened, Jesus Himself joined them. But they didn't recognize Him.
He asked them, "What are you discussing that makes you so sad?"
Cleopas answered, "Are you a stranger in Jerusalem? How come you don't know what's been happening there lately?"
Jesus said, "What things?"
"The things about Jesus of Nazareth, Who was a mighty prophet -- not only in Word but in actions as well. The religious rulers had him condemned to death and crucified Him, but we thought He was the One Who was going to save Israel. And not only that, today is the third day since He was crucified. Some of our women astonished us because they didn't find His body when they visited the grave this morning! Not only that, they told us they had seen angels who told them that Jesus is alive!
Certain disciples who were with us also went to the sepulcher and they found it just as the women had described."
Then Jesus said to them, "O foolish ones and so slow to believe all the prophets have foretold. Shouldn't Christ have suffered and entered into His glory?"
Then beginning with the writings of Moses and all the prophets He shared with them from the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
As they drew near to Emmaus, the stranger acted as though He was going to continue on His journey, but they stopped him and said, "Stay with us, for its getting toward evening and the day is almost over."
And He went in to stay with them.
As He was sharing the evening meal with them, He took bread and blessed it and broke it. And He gave it to them. Immediately their eyes were opened and they knew Him, but He vanished from their sight!
They asked each other, "Didn't our hearts burn within us while He talked with us on the road and when He explained the Scriptures?"
Even though it was night, they hurried back to Jerusalem and found that the 11 disciples who were gathered together and also others who were with them.
The 11 disciples greeted these two believers from Emmaus with startling news, "The Lord is truly risen and He has appeared to Peter!"
Then the two from Emmaus shared with the others how the Lord revealed Himself to them when He broke bread with them.