The Road to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-32 “And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. (1/8 of a mile x 60 = 7.5 miles, humans generally walk about 3 mph)
And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed (to converse) together and reasoned (investigate the events), Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden (restrained by power) that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications (reckoning) are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? (what is it that makes you sad)
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 (ransom) Israel (the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the followers of YHWH): and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company (beliefs) made us astonished, which were early (at dawn) 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 went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. (confirmed by many) Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart (dull of thoughts) to believe all that the prophets have spoken: (you were told about this in the scriptures) Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? (don’t you remember your teachings?) And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
(Isaiah 53:1-5 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. )
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.
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 (saw him for who he was), and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn (thoughts consumed with his teaching) within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?