[From Eugene Peterson’s The Message]
That same day [the morning of the Resurrection] two of them were walking to the village of Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was.
He asked, “What’s this you’re discussing so intently as you walk along?”
They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their best friend. Then one of them, his name was Cleopas, said, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard what’s happened during the last few days?”
He said, “What has happened?”
They said, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene.
He was a man of God, a prophet, dynamic in work and word, blessed by both God and all the people. Then our high priests and leaders betrayed him, got him sentenced to death, and crucified him. And we had our hopes up that he was the One, the One about to deliver Israel. And it is now the third day since it happened.
But now some of our women have completely confused us. Early this morning they were at the tomb and couldn’t find his body. They came back with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn’t see Jesus.”
Then He said to them, “So thick-headed! So slow-hearted! Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?” Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him.
They came to the edge of the village where they were headed. He acted as if he were going on but they pressed him: “Stay and have supper with us. It’s nearly evening; the day is done.” So he went in with them. And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him.
And then he disappeared.
Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”
LUKE 24:13-32, “The Message”
I often wonder how The Lord would be received were he walking among us today…
Prayers for your day to be filled with family, love, and peace through the knowledge of His resurrection.
Perhaps we will live to see the day when the Lord is among us again! Thank you for your prayers, PGH–and the same to you and yours!
A timeless reminder of the gifts we continue to receive, every day, if we just open our eyes.
Happy Easter, Sis!
May the Lord open the eyes of all His people to see His presence with us moment by moment! A blessed Easter to you, my dear brother!
It’s hard for me to understand why or how these men didn’t recognize Jesus.
The Greek implies (and some translations express better than others) that they were prevented from recognizing Him. Our pastor preached this passage this morning, and mentioned that he thinks the companion of Cleopas was a young Luke. It would explain why this long encounter story is only in Luke’s gospel. A blessed Easter to you and yours, Tannngl!
Thank you so much for that explanation. I’ll revisit it with my Greek Lexicons and texts. I need a good study; been a while.
God bless you godsbooklover! I hope you’ve had a very blessed and very happy Easter with that beautiful little girl. We were with our family and we’re so very blessed.
You’re welcome! Yes, we had a lovely day with our sons and granddaughter.