There was a key verse I did not include yesterday which is Luke’s commentary of this Emmaus event. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He (Jesus) interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). That was another reason why these two urged Jesus to stay with them. There was something compelling about His thorough knowledge of the OT as it related to the current events that made His presence so irresistible. So Jesus accepted their invitation and “He went in to stay with them” (24:29). It was during the evening meal that “Jesus took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And He vanished from their sight” (24:30-31).
What if they had not invited this divine stranger into their home? Their eyes would not have been opened and their understanding would not have made the connection between the Old Testament Scriptures and the person of Jesus. Have you invited the Holy Spirit to teach you the things concerning Christ (see John 14:26).
Because of this tremendous revelation through the presence of Christ risen beyond the power of death, these two disconsolate disciples immediately “rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem” (24:33). Their whole attitude was changed by having been in His presence. We can imagine how thankful they were that they didn’t let the opportunity slip past them. God has given you and me opportunities to spend time in the presence of Jesus and receive His teaching “in all the Scriptures [about] the things concerning himself”. Are we thankful enough that we are willing to change the direction of our lives so we return to the path He has called us to walk? His plan is far better than ours!
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