Text: Luke 24:13-32
This is the first Easter of all time. It is the day when history pivoted and Love won out. But, there was still much sorrow because news of Jesus’s resurrection was slow to travel. When we jump into this piece of Scripture, we’re coming upon two friends (also disciples of Jesus) who are walking to the town of Emmaus, engaged in friendly conversation. They were heartbroken but expectant, waiting for news of certainty that Jesus had indeed risen from his tragic death.
They came upon a stranger who asked what they were talking about, and those two friends accepted this third man and resumed walking and talking. We are told this third man is in fact Jesus, but at the time the two had no idea. Bible commentator Matthew Henry makes note here that we should be encouraged by the fact that where two gather, Jesus joins (Matthew 18:19-20) and a threefold cord is strong and not easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12). We are seeing Scripture worked out in life here, two men in community and Jesus shows up.
Jesus not only shows up, but after confirming they are struggling to believe and hold hope, He recounts every Scripture prophesying His coming, dying, and rising. Right there on the road, He tells them just why they should hold out hope and believe.
What an amazing experience these men had. They walked with Jesus, learned from Him, stayed with Him for the night, even broke bread with Him. They begged Him to stay longer before they even really knew it was Him.
The men didn’t yet recognize Him as their beloved Jesus, but later talk about their hearts burning when He was reminding them of the Truth (Luke 24:32). One even says that he had never before been so affected by a conversation.
Is this how we are when we encounter Jesus? Are we encouraged that when we get together with other believers Jesus is also there? When we learn from God, do our hearts burn and are our lives changed?
Do we continue down the road as a different person because we walk with Jesus?