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. 28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Luke 24:13-35, NRSV)
We read this passage and we wonder how the two disciples wouldn’t know who Jesus is? But here is a question I honestly never thought of before, who is the other disciple?
We know there are two disciples and one of them is named Cleopas, and the other one is who? And here is the question that was asked in a devotion I was watching today, was the other disciple male or female?
I thought as the pastor speaking said, “We all assume the other disciple is male because that is how it works in our biblical mindset…” Right, I never thought about the other disciple being female. But why not.
Well, then that means that women can be disciples, which of course they can. so what is the problem with the other disciple being female?
That pastor then went on to talk about the events at the foot of the cross in John. John 19:25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
Standing at the cross were Mary, and her sister the wife of Clopas. Now Clopas is not Cleopas but are they the same person? Because the two disciples were going to Emmaus and they got to a house and acted like they were going to stop because it was their home and the urged Jesus to come in with them. And if they were the sister and brother-in-law of Mary Jesus’ mother then that is why they would have been there and why they would have gone home afterward.
We get hung up on details sometimes and maybe not see the whole picture.
We can be and are all disciples and we need to learn from Jesus, that everyone is welcome. And Jesus died and rose for each one of us.
So let’s take that message to the world!