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ON that same Easter day two of the disciples walked from Jerusalem into the country to the village Emmaus. The name means the “hot spring,” and perhaps a spring and ruin still bearing the old name little changed, in a valley southwest from Jerusalem, mark the place.
As they walked and talked sadly together of all that had happened, One drew near and walked with them. Their hearts burned within them as He talked, and as He showed them how the Bible taught that these things should be. For in truth all the Bible stories of Abraham and Joseph and David and Samuel and the rest in their deepest meaning are about the Lord. That is what makes them all so holy, and as we learn to understand them better we shall see that they all tell of Him.
While they talked and listened they reached the village, and urged the Friend who had given them such comfort on the way, to go in and tarry with them. He took bread and blessed and brake it as He had so often done before, and they knew that it was the Lord.
They hastened back to Jerusalem, though it was now evening, to tell the glad news to the others. They found them together and saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.” And while they were still felling how the Lord had walked with them, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of the disciples and said, “Peace be unto you.” Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord, though at first they feared and believed not for joy, until He showed them that it was He Himself.
Again the next week He came to them as they were met together. He appeared to them many times during forty days after His resurrection, till they could no longer doubt. They were not learned men, and many things they did not try nor need to understand, but they knew that the Lord was alive and with them still. They felt Him with them, even when they did not see Him. And He has never left us; He is with us still to-day.
Let us read about the Lord’s walking with the two to Emmaus, and about His coming to the disciples in Jerusalem.
And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us,while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them.
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.—Luke XXIV. 13-49.
Author: William L. Worcester 1904
Walking >> Living
The country around a city >> The field of application or exercise of the principles which the city represents
The Lord’s coming to the two disciples as they walked >> The Lord comes near to us and comforts us as we live a heavenly life
The Lord coming into the house with the disciples >> An interior relation with the Lord
Into the shade of evening >> It is often toward the close of life’s journey that one reaches this interior state
The bread which the Lord blesses and breaks >> The Lord’s own good love which He imparts
Pictures: James Tissot —-Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum