Three days after Jesus' death, two of his disciples walk along the road from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus and discuss the events of that week. They speak of His death, their hope of redemption, and the claims made by some women that the tomb is empty and that Jesus is alive. They don't believe them.
They are hoping for redemption from Rome, but Jesus' death has disappointed them. Jesus interrupts their conversation and tells them a story, but due to their spiritual blindness, they fail to recognize Him until He breaks bread with them. They have seen those hands break bread before to feed the multitudes and, most recently, at the Passover supper.
Before breaking bread with them, He tells them a story--His story: "And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself" (Lk. 24:27). His explanation reveals the truth about the redemption He has come to bring. He walks the disciples through the Old Testament narrative, highlighting the promises of redemption and the pictures of redemption:
Now, in the Gospel Era, His Story burns in their hearts at the telling. Tell His story! Hearts will burn.
When do the disciples who walk with Jesus along the road of Emmaus recognize Him? Review the final intimate scene that the disciples share with Jesus in John 13:2-6 and Matthew 26:26. What reason does John give for the writing of his gospel account? What statement does Jesus make that assures believers that Satan has been stripped of his dominion? What are the implications of this statement?H
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