And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: Luke 24:13-19
The aftermath of the death and resurrection of Christ will have an impacting effect on the world forever. At this point, Jesus is Risen, however most of Israel doesn’t even know this yet , only the disciples of Christ. Remember Jesus was crucified during the Passover feast, so there were many Jews and others from around the world in Jerusalem during this time. So while everyone started to leave Jerusalem and talk about all the events that happened this Holy Weekend.
One of the men identified was Cleopas, now obviously he wasn’t one of the twelve Apostles , however he was a disciple of Christ and some believe he was part of the original seventy that we sent out to preach by Jesus (Luke 10) Jesus began walking along with Cleopas and another man, but kept his identity hidden from then, to see what the men thought about all the events that just took place.
And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. Luke 24:20-24
It’s interesting that the disciples said they heard about Jesus being alive by the other disciples, however they didn’t seem to be able to put 2 and 2 together. We notice that Cleopas admits they were disappointed in the Messiah because they thought he would redeem Israel from the oppression of Rome. This was a common misconception of the Christ, Israel was looking for a great military warrior to save Israel, but Jesus came to save the world from its sin
They confirmed that Jesus was crucified and the tomb was empty on the 3rd day. However these men didn’t know the prophecies well enough to tie it all together. As we continue examining this reading, Jesus will open their eyes to understand the scriptures, but notice Jesus was walking with them all the time! Amen!