THE ROAD TO EMMAUS IS PAVED WITH REASON
(Luke 24:13,14) And, behold, two of them
[believing disciples, but not of the eleven] went that same day to a
village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore
furlongs [about 7 miles North, or three hours comfortable travel
time]. And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
(Luke 24:15-17) And it came to pass, that, while
they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and
went with them. But their [spiritual] eyes were holden
[closed, covered] [when?] that they should not know him. And
he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one
to another, as ye walk [away from Jerusalem and Christian
fellowship], and are sad [Gk: gloomy or affecting a
mournful appearance:--of a sad countenance].
Commentary: notice that the two did not understand the victory
accomplished by the crucification, were disappointed in Christ, and were
walking toward darkness, into darkness, and away from the light.
(Luke 15:4) What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one
of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go
after that which is lost, until he find it?
(Luke 24:18-21) And the one of them, whose name was
Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in
Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in
these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto
him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed
and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our
rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel:
and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were
(2 Pet 3:8) But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing,
that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years
as one day.
(Hosea 6:1-3) Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath
torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us
up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he
will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know,
if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the
morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former
rain unto the earth.
(Mat 17:22,23) And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto
them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall
kill him, and the third day [8x directly by Jesus] he
shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.
(Luke 24:22-24) Yea, and certain women
[Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Zebedeeís children, and Joanna the
wife of Chuza, Herodís steward] also of our company made us astonished,
which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body,
they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which
said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us [Peter and
John] went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said:
but him they saw not.
(Luke 24:25-27) Then he said unto them, O fools,
and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought
not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded [Gk: to
explain thoroughly: interpret] unto them in all the scriptures the
things concerning himself [i.e., Jesus spoke in the tongue of the Lord to
them, then interpreted the tongue].
(Luke 24:28,29) And they drew nigh unto the village,
whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward
evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
(Mark 6:48) And he saw them toiling [Gk: tortured:--in
pain, tormented, tossed, vexed] in rowing; for the wind was
contrary [opposite, fig. antagonistic: against] unto them:
and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon
the sea, and would have passed by them.
(Luke 24:30-32) And it came to pass, as he sat at
meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and
gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he
vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our
heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and
while he opened to us the scriptures?
(Luke 24:33-36) And they rose up the same hour,
and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together,
and them [other disciples] that were with them, Saying, The Lord
is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon [Simon Peter: 1 Cor 15:5].
And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them
in breaking of bread. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself
stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.