Luke 24:27-29 — And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 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.
Although the disciples heard Jesus explaining to them all the scriptures, they did not realise that it was Jesus who was walking with them. That is, He was going on, as though He intended to go farther; and so He doubtless would have, had they not earnestly pressed Him to lodge with them. His preaching had made a deep impression upon their hearts, and now they feel it their greatest privilege to entertain the preacher. And Jesus did go in and stay with them.
Luke 24:30-31 ——– 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. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
Up until this time, Jesus’ role is as honoured guest. But at the table, Jesus unexpectedly moves from the role of guest to host. Now, as the host would normally do, He takes the bread, offers the blessing, breaks it, and distributes it to the others.
Cleopas and his friend had doubtless traveled with Jesus, and had often seen him begin a meal by breaking bread and offering the blessing. Even when they were in private households, as the honored Rabbi, Jesus would probably be asked to offer this blessing.
In the intimacy of table fellowship, as Jesus breaks the bread and offers the blessing, they suddenly become aware of who He really is!
But as soon as they recognize Him, He disappears. He is gone.
Luke 24:33 ——- So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,
Wow! What a jolt they must have received, whipsawed from despair, to learning the Scriptures, and now to recognition of Jesus, followed by His sudden disappearance. They try to process this information be recalling how they had felt their hearts burn within them as He was teaching them on the road.
Back they go to Jerusalem, retracing their steps of a few hours earlier. On the way to Emmaus they walked more slowly, dejected, then listening and learning. But now their steps are quickened. They cannot wait to find the Apostles and tell them the news that they have seen the “Risen Christ”.
Are you proclaiming to the world that Jesus is alive? Do your action, thoughts and words proclaim Jesus?
The resurrection of Jesus proves beyond doubt that Christianity is true – not just for me, but for everyone. Through faith in Jesus and His resurrection, we can enjoy a relationship with God that is totally satisfying and eternal. Encourage others to encounter this Risen Christ!
To all who accept Him as Saviour and Lord, His literal resurrection means that life does not end at death, for He promised: “ Because I live, you shall live also”.