“He said to them, ‘How foolish you are,
and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things
and then enter his glory?’ And beginning with Moses
and all the Prophets, he explained to them
what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
Jesus continued on as if he were going farther.
But they urged him strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening;
the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them.
When he 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. They asked each other,
‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us
on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’”
Luke 24:25-32 (NIV)
We note that Jesus listened carefully to the distressed disciples before speaking. Sometimes people only need us to listen to them pour out their frustration and confusion at God’s “mysterious ways” with them. Those who are distressed usually know life does not have easy answers to the problems we all face. Most of us, when beset with tribulation imitate Jesus on the cross when He asked “Why?”. Such questions from people often need a simple response, “I don’t know.” Those of us who have travelled a difficult road do not need clever cliches, we need to feel the love of God’s people and especially need the love of God flooding our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who is given to us.
In the Emmaus Road scene, the disciples described their distress to the One person Who did have all the answers. He gave the greatest sermon on the Messiah ever delivered. All of us preachers wish that teaching had been recorded for our benefit. Alas we must study the Scriptures for ourselves. So wonderfully did Jesus’ teaching speak to the two disciples that they urged Him to come and stay with them. Jews are especially hospitable people, and such an invitation was entirely expected. Of course, Jesus accepted.
Acts 20:7 tells us that the disciples broke bread on the first day of the week. In the Greek it appears this was the custom of the early church. This scene in our verses today show Jesus “breaking bread” after giving thanks and they may have noticed the scars on His hands. But we read that their eyes were “opened” and only then did they recognize Him. This was the first “breaking of bread” by the Lord’s people and they did this remembrance of Jesus’ death on the day of the week He rose from the dead.
How we all need to have our “eyes opened” to see our Beloved Teacher in a more glorious way than ever before. There are numerous scenes in the Bible where believers receive a dramatic vision of the Lord. (Isaiah 6; Luke 5:8; Revelation 1:10-17). The experience overwhelmed the people who saw the Resurrected Christ and they sensed their sin and the need to withdraw from His presence. Isaiah often refers to Yahweh as “the Holy One of Israel”.
We need to pray for a fresh vision of the Lord that will revive the people of God. Revival is desperately needed in our shattered world. Join us in daily prayer for a Holy Ghost visitation of Christians worldwide. This is so needed by the Lord’s chosen people. Our sin-soaked world desperately needs this as well. Pray with us the following beautiful prayer and may it please our Beloved Father in heaven to rain righteousness upon us.
O for a closer walk with God,
a calm and heavenly frame,
a light to shine upon the road
that leads me to the Lamb!
Where is the blessedness I knew
when first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul-refreshing view
of Jesus and his word?
Return, O holy Dove, return,
sweet messenger of rest;
I hate the sins that made thee mourn,
and drove thee from my breast.
The dearest idol I have known,
whate’er that idol be,
help me to tear it from thy throne,
and worship only thee.
So shall my walk be close with God,
calm and serene my frame;
so purer light shall mark the road
that leads me to the Lamb.
– William Cowper