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?" Luke 24:32
The Stranger joined them as they walked along to the village of Emmaus. They were so caught up in the conversation that they really didn't pay attention to who was walking with them. Scriptures say that they were kept from recognizing Jesus. He did join the journey at a very difficult time in History. He walked with them. And History would never be the same....
You see, there had been a lot of drama in the events leading up to this. Jesus had spent the day of Unleavened bread surrounded by his disciples. They had gathered for the Passover. Jesus had given thanks for the bread & wine. He said, "Do this in remembrance of me". He had announced a betrayer. Jesus had gone to the Mount of Olives to pray. "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." Jesus was betrayed by Judas with a kiss. Peter had denied Jesus three times. Jesus had gone before Pilate "I am the Son of God." Then the ugly cries of "Crucify Him!" " Crucify Him!" filled the Jerusalem sky. The nails were driven into his loving hands. The words, "Forgive them" on his dying lips. Then there was Joseph who laid him in the tomb. But no tomb in this world could hold the Son of God because on the third day the tomb was empty! Halleluiah! What a week!
The dusty road seemed long and forlorn. The hope of the Messiah taken from us so soon, so cruelly. The faces of the men downcast asking, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem? Do you not know the things that have happened?" The stranger asked, "What things?" The men talked of the events and unfolded the story for this stranger. Jesus of Nazareth? Do you not know of him?
The story unfolded as they walked along. Then some questions were asked from the stranger..."Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself." Oh to have been on that journey! To listen to this amazing conversation! And yet the men still did not recognize the stranger.... until they sat together.
He took bread, he gave thanks and broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened! It is true! The Lord has RISEN!
*Equip2serve is thrilled to be using "The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus " book and workbook for teaching in West Africa. It is only part of the modules that we use for training and equipping Pastors. It is an excellent resource for giving a solid foundation going back through the scriptures, from Creation to the Cross. Thank you Goodseed!