Summary: In the midst of gloom and doom in our lives we tend to focus so much on ourselves that we miss the fact that we are still walking with Jesus!
13That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, "What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" 19And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24Some 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." 25And he said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29but they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?" 33And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
The Road to Emmaus:
13That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
“That very day…” this is the day of resurrection. Had they gotten the news of the resurrection? If they did get it… had they thought it to be ‘idle tales’ as the disciples had thought? These men were headed to Emmaus with a very heavy heart!
14…they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened…” this lends itself to include the events that Luke records in the 1st part of this chapter as well, but it does not mean that is a certainty. These men were confused and dazed about what had just happened… their lives were in a tailspin and they were in shock…
How often do we find ourselves in an emotional tailspin and in shock over an event in our lives… we sit around and talk about it, but it such a devastating event that it consumes who we are… These men were consumed by these events and could not seem to get away from it.
15While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
Here we find these 2 men walking and talking and that they are consumed with the events of the past several days… especially the events of the past weekend. Their hearts are broken over the loss of their teacher and leader Jesus… I can imagine there were a lot of, “What are we going to do now?” statements. The scripture tells us that “Jesus, Himself drew near…”
“…Jesus himself drew near…” Jesus takes the initiative to come to these men who are lost in the situation and consumed by the events of their lives. He began to walk beside them, but the Bible tells us that they did not recognize Him.