LIVE@5 – Saturday, April 30, 2022
Mark 16:12-13; Luke 24:13–35
12 After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either.Mark 16:12–13 (NKJV)
13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.Luke 24:13–35
17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
19 And He said to them, “What things?”
So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain 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.”
25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
In this story of the travelers on the Road to Emmaus, Jesus joins them on their walk. He asks them to tell Him of the happenings that made them sad, They told of Jesus trial, crucifixion, and apparent resurrection or removal from the tomb. Jesus proceeded to explain to them all the prophetic teachings that would lead to these events. Once they were done with their seven-mile walk to their village, Jesus would have walked on, but they invited Him to stay with them since it was late in the day. As they ate together and Jesus blessed and broke the bread, they suddenly understood Who He was, and then He vanished. Their hearts burned within them while He taught them the Scriptures on the road, but they did not recognize Him until the moment the restraint was taken from their eyes.
They jumped up from the table, and made the seven-mile trek back to Jerusalem to share the news of the evening’s happenings with the eleven disciples that remained. They confirmed that Jesus had appeared to Peter and the others, and told them of the happenings on the road to Emmaus. This mysterious restraining of their eyes by Jesus was meant as a means to reveal Himself more fully to them before the restraint was lifted. Today, we often receive revelation in ways that we do not fully understand until we see the finished product. This was the case here, as they heard deeper understandings of the prophecies of old explained by Jesus himself. However, they did not get the entire picture until their eyes were opened at the dinner table. Look for revelation everywhere you go. Listen to voices with a discerning ear, and try to decipher the truth that comes your way. In the end, though, look for the face of Jesus and listen for His voice. He is speaking, you sometimes just need to be listening for a resurrection revelation!
Artwork from https://gregolsen.com/gallery/road-to-emmaus