The best Bible Study of all time. Can you imagine being on the road with Jesus and listening to Him explain all the things about his death and resurrection – all the things that had been prophesied about him since the beginning. The passage says Moses, but they often called the Pentateuch “Moses” because he wrote it all down. So, Jesus started from the beginning and told them everything that had been prophesied about himself.
But, the disciples still didn’t know that it was Jesus. They were still in a state of shock and even disbelief. They knew Jesus’ body wasn’t in the tomb, but did they fully believe yet? It doesn’t appear that they really get it until Jesus had breakfast with them, and they saw him eat fish like a human and not a ghost.
Regardless, the disciples were dejected. They probably hadn’t gotten much sleep in several days. They were depressed and disappointed. All that they had hoped for was gone. All their dreams had been crucified on a cross just a day and a half before. They had hopes and dreams of Jesus being the one who would redeem Israel. They probably had hopes of being in a position of power because they were so close to Jesus, certainly when He took over Jerusalem He would bring them up with Him.
But He was gone now. Jesus died, and now no one knows where he is. Just at their lowest point of desperation and disappointment, Jesus shows up. But not in power and glory. They didn’t even recognize him until he blessed the break and broke it with them. Jesus had been walking with them all this time, and they didn’t know it. The very person that was the reason for their greif was walking with them and teaching them about himself.
Then, as soon as they saw that it was Him – He disappeared. What? Why?
Well, then he reappeared and proved himself one more time. It was as if they needed some time for the significance of Him being with them to set in. Jesus knew what He was doing. He always does. He has timing and planning that we will never understand. He knows exactly what we need, when we need it and when to give it to us at that perfect point in time that it’s going to stick deep in our hearts and minds so it changes us for good.
That’s what Jesus was doing here. He was reappearing to his Disciples in a way that would lock the truth of this miracle in their hearts in such a way that they would spend the rest of their lives spreading the good news of the cross and resurrection. Which is exactly what Jesus wanted. He wanted them to be his witnesses that “it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
Luke 24:13-49 (NET)
Jesus Walks the Road to Emmaus
13 Now that very day two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and debating these things, Jesus himself approached and began to accompany them 16 (but their eyes were kept from recognizing him). 17 Then he said to them, “What are these matters you are discussing so intently as you walk along?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 He said to them, “What things?” “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied, “a man who, with his powerful deeds and words, proved to be a prophet before God and all the people; 20 and how our chief priests and rulers handed him over to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. Not only this, but it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Furthermore, some women of our group amazed us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back and said they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see him.” 25 So he said to them, “You foolish people—how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things written about himself in all the scriptures.
28 So they approached the village where they were going. He acted as though he wanted to go farther, 29 but they urged him, “Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he had taken his place at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 At this point their eyes were opened and they recognized him. Then he vanished out of their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us while he was speaking with us on the road, while he was explaining the scriptures to us?” 33 So they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem. They found the eleven and those with them gathered together 34 and saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how they recognized him when he broke the bread.
Jesus Makes a Final Appearance
36 While they were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 But they were startled and terrified, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 Then he said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; it’s me! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones like you see I have.”40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still could not believe it (because of their joy) and were amazed, he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 So they gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in front of them.
Jesus’ Final Commission
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day,47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And look, I am sending you what my Father promised. But stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
God, Thank you that on this day we get to celebrate the fact that you have risen from the dead conquering Death, Hell and the grave. But, we ask that you help us to know it in a way that is deeper than knowledge. Help us to know it in our hearts, our souls, our bodies & strength. Help us to know the power of your resurrection in every way imaginable – so that we too will be your witnesses beginning with our 8 to 15, help us to be your witnesses to the world you have placed us in. We do these things in Jesus’ Name.