Two people walked on the road to Emmaus when someone else joined them. He asked them what they were talking about. Well, they said, we thought we had a king, but he was betrayed and killed, and he’s been gone for 3 days now, and the funny thing is, his body is gone from the tomb.
They continued their journey, and even had dinner with him. This is described in Luke 24.
Luk 24:13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
Luk 24:14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
Luk 24:15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
Luk 24:16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
Luk 24:17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.
Luk 24:18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
Luk 24:19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
Luk 24:20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
Luk 24:21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.
Luk 24:22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning,
Luk 24:23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
Luk 24:24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”
Luk 24:25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
Luk 24:26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
Luk 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
Luk 24:28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther,
Luk 24:29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.
Luk 24:30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.
Luk 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.
Luk 24:32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
On the road with them, and even while at dinner with them, Jesus continued to minister and speak to them, and they did not recognize Him, that He was risen. They heard the truth from Jesus Himself, but they did not have the faith to believe that it could possibly be Him. They did not believe that He could possibly be resurrected, even though they were seeing Him there, in person.
All of that, despite admitting afterwards that they were touched by His words in a special way (v32).
Sadly, this is how many in the world are today. They don’t realize what happened on the cross, despite hearing the Word. The don’t recognize Jesus as the risen one, they don’t recognize the prophesies that foretold His resurrection, and most significantly, they don’t have a clue about the underlying love of an almighty God that caused Jesus to be crucified.
They may hear His words, they witness His creation and they are subject to the laws that He put in place, they may even witness a miracle, yet they stil do not recognize Him.
In the passage above, our travellers eyes were only opened when He blessed the meal they were having together. Earlier, Jesus said: Luk 22:19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
The travellers from the road to Emmaus eyes were opened when they shared in the remembrance of His sacrifice. They finally believed when Jesus fulfilled that remembrance.
So often we come across those who, despite seeing and hearing Jesus, do not know that it is Him. They would rather ascribe their observations to naturalism, or some other religion. They do not recognize Him either, despite His personal testimony through His Word and His creation.
It took a bit of time, some ministry, and a special meal for the two travellers to recognize Jesus. They heard the Scriptures, but it only became clear to them after they recognized Jesus.
Today, help someone recognize Jesus. Teach them from the Scriptures, as Jesus did. Remind them why He had to die and rise. Help them remember His sacrifice. Don’t let people go through life blind, even though Jesus is right there in front of them.
Easter is about the death and resurrection of Christ, the single defining aspect of Christianity. There is no better time than this to testify about His opening of eyes, and to deliver the message He did on the road to Emmaus.