The walk to Emmaus
Although people recognize and acknowledge Easter to be the day of Jesus’ resurrection, few are familiar with His walk to Emmaus on Easter Monday. The evangelist Luke recorded this episode for us so that we would believe that Jesus was the Victor over death, and the Reconciler for the sins of the people.
When Jesus joined the two travelers on the road to Emmaus, he asked what they were discussing. One of them said, “Art thou a stranger and know not the things which took place these days, when Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him up to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we hoped that it was He who should redeem Israel?”
Jesus said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Did not Christ have to suffer these things, and enter into His glory?” He began from Moses and all the prophets, explaining to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
The views of these travelers had been based on human reason. The Savior wanted to direct their thoughts to the unfailing foundation of God’s word. God had already made known these events in the Old Testament, prophetical Bible. With the help of these writings, their faith was led to that fellowship of light that we can own through the word of God. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Ps. 119:105).
The words that Jesus spoke to them touched the travelers’ hearts so that their doubts began to disperse. Their hearts yearned to hear more from Him. As they came near to where they were going, Jesus made as though He would go further, but they constrained him, saying, “Abide with us; for it is late, and the day is now far spent. So he went in to abide with them.”
They finally recognized Jesus when he broke bread. It is recorded: It came to pass, when he sat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew him, and he vanished from their sight. Then they said one to another, “Did not our heart burn while he talked with us on the road while he opened the scriptures to us?”
Believers experience this yet today when the bread of life, the gospel, is broken in the preached word of God, for strength on the journey of life. They are given the desire to relate the glad tidings of Jesus to others. He is the Victor over death, and the Reconciler for our sins.
The atonement blood of Christ was shed on the cross of Golgatha as a testimony that he has given His all. The endless stream of the water of life still springs forth from this work of redemption which Christ has performed. Christ has established His kingdom here upon this earth from where one can hear and receive this saving gospel.