On the Road to Emmaus

Luke 13:34 NLT
In Your Bible: Luke 24:13-33

The same day the women told the Eleven about the empty tomb, two of Jesus’ followers were on the road to Emmaus from Jerusalem. They talked to each other about all that had happened, including the hard to believe story the women told. In Emmaus, they were certain Jesus was the Messiah.

Jesus Joins the Two Walking

Here’s what happened. Suddenly, Jesus himself came along and joined them . . . But they didn’t know who he was because God kept them from recognizing him (Luke 24:15,16 NLT). When Jesus asked what they were discussing, they were amazed this man didn’t know the events of the past few days.

The two told of the things that happened to Jesus . . . the man from Nazareth. We had thought he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel (Luke 24:19,21 NLT). After he heard these things Jesus reprimanded them for not believing what the prophets had written about him.

The Scriptures Tell of Jesus

As they walked along, Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself (Luke 24:27 NLT). This wasn’t merely a synopsis he revealed, likely it was much about the Messiah they’d never heard before.

Hearts Burned

As Jesus and the two were near the end of their walk home to Emmaus, they asked Jesus to stay overnight (and probably continue to tell more about these prophesies). Jesus agreed to stay. As they began to eat, Jesus broke the bread, blessed it, and gave it to the two. Suddenly their eyes were opened, and they recognized him . . . (Luke 24:31a NLT).

The two disciples said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32 NLT). In Emmaus, they were certain Jesus was the Messiah.

Prayer: Father, thank you for revealing yourself to me. How I need you. Help me understand more of your mystery.

Questions: Does your heart burn as you read Scripture? How does Jesus open your eyes that he is the Messiah?

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