32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”
Luke 24:32 (NLT)
The story of the walk to Emmaus is one of favorites in the New Testament. The gist of the story is that two of Jesus’ followers are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. While they were talking with each other about what happened to Jesus, another traveler showed up and began walking with them. The traveler asked the followers what they were talking about as they walked. They told him about what happened to Jesus, their Messiah. In response the traveler begins to explain the Jewish scriptures to them about their Messiah. They invite the traveler to dinner. As the traveler prayed over the bread, broke it, and passed it out, their eyes were open to the traveler’s identity—Jesus.
There are a couple takeaways for us as we read this story.
First, these two followers believed that Jesus was dead and not coming back. This is partly proof of a resurrection. After a brutal death, these guys didn’t believe Jesus was coming out of the grave. They were confused on where to go, what to do, and what to believe. If they really believed Jesus’ claims of a resurrection, why would they be walking back to Emmaus devastated and not waiting in Jerusalem?
Second, their assumptions of who Jesus was supposed caused them to miss out on truth. They believed in their version of the Messiah more than God’s version of the Messiah. If they had a clear understanding of the prophecies concerning Jesus, why were they completely amazed with the knowledge of incognito Jesus?
The final takeaway for me is when everything seems dark, silent, or impossible, God is at work in my life. He is working for my good in the silence, darkness, and the impossible. I may not understand it because of ignorance or arrogance. God was at work for the good of the two Jesus followers when everything seemed dark, silent, and impossible. It was His greatest work—resurrecting Jesus from the grave!