On that same day, two disciples were traveling to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself arrived and joined them on their journey. They were prevented from recognizing him. He said to them, “What are you talking about as you walk along?” They stopped, their faces downcast. The one named Cleopas replied, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who is unaware of the things that have taken place there over the last few days?” He said to them, “What things?” They said to him, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth. Because of his powerful deeds and words, he was recognized by God and all the people as a prophet. But our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the one who would redeem Israel. All these things happened three days ago. But there’s more: Some women from our group have left us stunned. They went to the tomb early this morning and didn’t find his body. They came to us saying that they had even seen a vision of angels who told them he is alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women said. They didn’t see him.” Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! Your dull minds keep you from believing all that the prophets talked about. Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then he interpreted for them the things written about himself in all the scriptures, starting with Moses and going through all the Prophets. When they came to Emmaus, he acted as if he was going on ahead. But they urged him, saying, “Stay with us. It’s nearly evening, and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. After he took his seat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?” They got up right then and returned to Jerusalem. They found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying to each other, “The Lord really has risen! He appeared to Simon!” Then the two disciples described what had happened along the road and how Jesus was made known to them as he broke the bread. (Luke 24:13-35, CEB)
Why did they not know it was Jesus? I mean in John’s gospel Jesus appears to the disciples and shows them his hand and side, so there are wounds, were there no wounds for Cleopas and the other to see?
And why did they not recognize him? If they were disciples they had followed Jesus or went around with him probably for a while so they should have known what he looked like and his appearance probably didn’t change much. I’m not sure though the toil death has on one’s appearance.
But Jesus asks them about the stuff that had happened and when they laid it out he got upset because they hadn’t gotten it. They had heard what Jesus said during his ministry and they saw the signs and everything that happened, and yet they still questioned what the women said.
I wonder if we would have been the same way?
Would we have heard what Jesus said and not actually have heard it?
Sometimes I think we are slow to get it, but the disciples show us that we are still ok even when we are slow to understand.
This could have been a time I would have actually ran. I would love to take that walk with Jesus and hear him tell the stories of the Hebrew Scriptures and open up the wonders of the stories that tell about my faith and hear him tell of God’s love for all creation. When I finally understood who he was and he was gone, I would make that 7-mile hike back as fast as I could so that the others could know it was really all true.
Let us not question it and wait for Jesus to show up to tell us. Let us have faith and trust that Jesus has risen and is always with us.
Loving People. Loving God.