16.7 Jesus Appeared to Two Disciples on Road to Emmaus
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Dec 18 16.7 That same day, two of the disciples were walking to Emmaus, a village about seven miles from Jerusalem. While they talked about all these events, Jesus approached and walked with them, but they were kept from recognizing him.
He said, “What are you talking about as you walk along?” They halted looking sad. One of them Cleopas, asked, “You are the only one in Jerusalem not familiar with the events of the last few days.”
Dec 19 Jesus asked, “What events?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth. He was a prophet, mighty in deed and word before God and all the people. Our religious leaders sentenced him to death by crucifixion. We had hoped he was Israel’s Redeemer, but it is now three days since his death. Some of our women amazed us. After visiting his tomb and not finding his body, they reported they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of us went to the tomb and found it as the women said, but didn’t see him.”
Then Jesus said, “O foolish men, how slow you are to believe the prophets. Wasn’t it necessary for Christ to suffer1 before entering his glory?” Then Jesus explained to them in all the scriptures about himself, beginning from Moses2 and all the prophets.
Dec 20 As they approached Emmaus, he prepared to be going further, but they urged him to stay with them since it was getting dark. He agreed. Later, as he ate with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and was passing it when their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. Then he vanished.
They asked each other, “As he explained the scripture to us on the road, didn’t our hearts burn?”
They quickly returned to Jerusalem, found the eleven and others together who were saying, “It’s true! The Lord has risen and had appeared to Simon.” The two related their experience on Emmaus road, and how they recognized him when he broke bread. They left and told the rest disciples who also disbelieved.3