Luke 24:13-27


“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’ They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, ‘Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?’ ‘What things?’ he asked. ‘About Jesus of Nazareth,’ they replied. ‘He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.’ He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah 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.” Luke 24:13-27

It was a long walk, about seven miles. It seemed even longer because their hearts were heavy. Things were so confusing. The women had returned saying that the tomb was empty and that they had seen a vision of angels telling them that Jesus was not dead. But women at that time were not considered reliable witnesses. Yet so many amazing things had taken place over the course of Jesus’ ministry, and it seemed often that the ones who were not supposed to be able to do something, were the very ones that He called.

The two walked and talked. A stranger approached and asked them about their conversation.

They wore sadness on their faces and were surprised that one apparently coming from Jerusalem had not heard the things that had taken place.

“What things?” The Stranger asked.

You see, their eyes were kept from recognizing Jesus. After all, the last time they had seen Him, He was hanging from a cross so bloodied and beaten that He was barely recognizable as a man.

The two began to recount the events. Jesus had been arrested, questioned, beaten, crucified, and put in a borrowed grave. But some women said He was alive.

Still they did not recognize Jesus. He spoke, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”

And then beginning with Moses He talked with them about all the Scriptures that had to do with Himself.

Can you imagine having Jesus teach those very prophecies Himself? He was telling the two as they walked, what had been foretold about the Messiah.

Long walk? How short it must have felt as they listened, and yet, they did not recognize.

Could that be us? We have the entire Bible, every prophecy, every word concerning the Messiah and yet, do we see HIM?

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