Luke 24: 13-35
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do you not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
“What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke bread.
All prophecy beginning with Moses and all the prophets had to be fulfilled for our redemption to be complete in Jesus Christ–including his bloodline from David, his perfect life, his death on the cross and his resurrection from the grave. My thought is that one of the reasons Christ, after being resurrected from the dead, appeared to his disciples and others was not only to complete all God’s promise of scripture, but to build their faith in all that had taken place and to give them understanding of why all these things that they had witnessed had to be completely fulfilled. There are four gospels recorded in our Holy Bible inspired by four different witnesses telling us of the completed life, death, and resurrection of our perfect sacrifice for our sins–Jesus Christ. These were written that we might believe and accept the way of salvation for each of us. Do you have faith to believe the promise that God has made to all who will believe? If we believe, we will also be resurrected with Christ to live in his kingdom forever. Praise his holy name!
Father thank you for your completed plan of salvation made possible by the perfect sacrifice of your son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for your promise of eternal life with you. Fill us with your Holy Spirit that we will live according to your word. We desire to be your disciples and to make disciples for you. We humble ourselves before you in repentance. We pray for healing in our land. In the Jesus’ name, amen.