13Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. (Luke 24:13-27, NRSV)
Here is another example of people who should know what Jesus looks like and recognize Him when He walks up to them, but they are so distraught that they are weighed down in grief and despair that Jesus is some random stranger.
But these two, Cleopas and the other are walking to Emmaus a village 7 miles from Jerusalem on the night Jesus rose from the dead. They really haven’t figured this out yet, because they left before Jesus appeared to the disciples, but He had to the women. And they are wondering what will happen to all of them. And Jesus comes along and opens the scripture for them, which is the Hebrew Scripture or the Old Testament.
What would you do if someone made your heartburn as the opened the scripture for you?
Would you know it was Jesus?
Have you been on the road to Emmaus?
Dejected and filled with despair?
Jesus might be walking with you…