As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
“What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
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.
These two guys are talking, discussing, reasoning.
They aren’t on their knees. They aren’t looking for healing. They aren’t in any dire strait.
… No, these guys are grappling with thoughts, and wrestling with ideas. They are trying to figure out the madness of the times and understand what went wrong… They’re wondering out loud, what now?
This Jesus they had put so much hope in, had come in like a lion and went out like a lamb – from feeding crowds to being food for the lions. They are struggling to make sense of it all
and then Jesus shows up…
right in the middle of their confusion
right in the middle of their conversation
and walks along side them
Here’s what I love:
Jesus doesn’t jump into that scene and say, “Ta Da!” He doesn’t go all Hollywood on them, or issue a “Thus sayeth the Lord…” edict from his holy mouth.
Here’s a perfect time to hand out a track and lead them on “the Roman Road.” But he doesn’t even show them his nail-scarred hands!
Instead, he simply joins them on the road.
He joins the conversation.
He listens, He answers questions, He breathes fresh Life and Truth into words they’ve heard their whole life.
He walks along the road with them and they reason together.
And then, like a gentleman, He waits for the dinner invitation.
He still does.
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
Lord, you still wait. You wait for me. You wait for my heart to be stirred, my door to be open and my eyes to open. Oh Lord, please come to dinner and talk some more.