4. The Risen Lord Appears to Two Disciples on the Road to Emmaus
“That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cle’opas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:13-27)
“While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.”
As we walk this path it is important to realize that that which we strive for may not always be a pleasant experience.
This is what I wrote in my Who is Jesus: What is Christ? series
When they were spoken to, they stood still. Stood is histemi which means more than stopping walking and standing still, it is about taking a position, it has authority, and we connect it with that which is responsible for our ability to stand, our I Am. Sad is skythropos meaning sullen or brooding. This is the effect our I Am can have on us.
If we interpret this in a physical sense we can imagine ourselves in this position as we struggle to make sense of a seemingly senseless crucifixion, many still do today. They look to the perpetrators and don’t for a minute see that every detail was established eons before. “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Kristina Kaine Who is Jesus : What is Christ? Vol 5
Road to Emmaus by Alexandra Ross