The Walk to Emmaus
It was on the afternoon of that first Easter, when our Messiah had risen from the grave. Some of life was going on as usual, just the way it had before Jesus had come into our world. However, for followers and believers there were still many questions to be answered. Many questions hurting their hearts. Many questions about the future.
Luke 24:13 All these questions also bothered two friends who were walking the 7 miles from Jerusalem to the small town of Emmaus.
v 14 Like everyone else around there they were trying to figure out what was going on, what had happened to Jesus.
v 15 Jesus himself came up and walked along with them – Can you imagine how you would respond if Jesus walked into the room where you were? Would you recognize Him at all?
v 16 but they were kept from recognizing Him – it wasn’t just that they didn’t realize who they were walking with… G nit was intentional that they did not recognize Jesus.
v 17 They stood still they were stunned, they were dumbfounded that He didn’t know anything about the events of the day, it stopped them in their tracks. They responded with questions of their own. Had He not heard of what happened in Jerusalem:
The mad crowds of last week when Jesus was arrested?
The Jewish leaders demanding Jesus’ Crucifixion?
The beatings and scourging?
And finally, the cruel end on the Cross of Calvary?
And then today… the empty tomb?
Had the stranger not heard of any of this?
He was traveling in the same direction they were, from Jerusalem, how could he have not heard?
v 20 The chief priests and our rulers – They knew who was responsible for Jesus’ Crucifixion, it wasn’t Rome, it was the religious leaders in Jerusalem, their leaders
v 21 we had hoped that He was the one… what is more, it is the third day… They correctly expected, or at least hoped, that Jesus would be their Messiah, and were confused that He didn’t realize their version of the Messiah. They even knew of the “third day.” They, as all other Jews, expected a Conquering King, not a Suffering Messiah. Psalm 22
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from the words of my groaning? (NIV)
v 26 Did not the Christ have to suffer… You were told, clearly, in the Scripture Jesus is saying, (our Old Testament) that the Messiah would come as a Suffering Messiah, not a Conquering King.
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their face she was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. (NIV)
v 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets… Jesus told them of the journey, their Jewish journey, and everything that led up to that day and the Resurrection. Jesus offered them a complete Sunday School lesson as they walked along
v 29 Stay with us, for it is nearly evening… Jesus let it be their idea for Him to stay and share a meal
v 30 He took bread, gave thanks, broke it… Notice Jesus shared the bread with them, but there is no mention of wine. Jesus had told His Disciples he would not taste the fruit of the vine again until He shared it with them in Heaven.
(Jesus said) “I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (NIV)
v 31 Then their eyes were opened… When they received the bread, they recognized Jesus. Had they recognized Him before that they may not have listened as well to what He had to say.
V 31 When they recognized Him, He disappeared from their sight. It doesn’t say He got up and walked out the door, it just says, He disappeared from their sight
v 32 Were not our hearts burning within us… At Aldersgate John Wesley said it this way, “I felt my heart strangely warmed.” Bostwick UMC 1/19/20