Two of Jesus’ disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus, just talking when a “stranger” joined them. The third person asked them what they were talking about, and they were dumbfounded.
“Are you the only one living in Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that have happened there in these days?” Luke 24:17 NIV
“What things?” the stranger asked.
As Jesus’ downcast disciples explained the events of what we now call Holy Week, the stranger had some revealing information for 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?'” Luke 24:25-26 NIV
As this uninvited traveler on the road began to discuss the Scriptures with the forlorn disciples, their hunger to hear more began to burn within them. They invited him to stay with them in the village. The traveler agreed.
“When he (the stranger) 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.”
“‘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 the bread.” Luke 24:30-35 NIV
Oh, may our hearts burn within us as we read His word, hearing His voice anew each time.
And may we recognize Him in the breaking of the bread.
He is risen! Our lives have been redeemed.
Have a Blessed Easter