“As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 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?’ They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.” Luke 24:28-35
They were on the road to the village of Emmaus. When they drew near, Jesus acted as if He was going farther on. They still did not know who He was, yet they urged Him to stay with them.
So He stayed and as it was toward evening, He sat with them at the table. He picked up the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them.
The broken bread, the broken body, the blessing, suddenly it all came together. This was Him. This was Jesus. He was alive. He was there with them and then, just as suddenly, He was gone. Vanished!
What? They looked at each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked to us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So, let’s ask ourselves that same question. When we open the Scriptures do our hearts sometimes burn as Jesus speaks to us? What an amazing thing for His truth to be illuminated. Such a wonderful expectation as we look each day into His word.
These two could not stay in Emmaus one more minute. They had to rush back to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven. Stories of His appearing were surfacing.
Jesus, The Lord, had risen indeed.