That very day, two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, which lay about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were discussing with each other all the various things that had taken place. As they were discussing, and arguing with each other, Jesus himself approached and walked with them. Their eyes, though, were prevented from recognizing him.
‘You’re obviously having a very important discussion on your walk,’ he said; ‘what’s it all about?’
They stood still, a picture of gloom. Then one of them, Cleopas by name, answered him.
‘You must be the only person around Jerusalem’, he said, ‘who doesn’t know what’s been going on there these last few days.’
‘What things?’ he asked.
‘To do with Jesus of Nazareth,’ they said to him. ‘He was a prophet. He acted with power and he spoke with power, before God and all the people. Our chief priests and rulers handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. But we were hoping that he was going to redeem Israel!
‘And now, what with all this, it’s the third day since it happened. But some women from our group have astonished us. They went to his tomb very early this morning, and didn’t find his body. They came back saying they’d seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Some of the folk with us went off to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they didn’t see him.’
‘You are so senseless!’ he said to them. ‘So slow in your hearts to believe all the things the prophets said to you! Don’t you see? This is what had to happen: the Messiah had to suffer, and then come into his glory!’
So he began with Moses, and with all the prophets, and explained to them the things about himself throughout the whole Bible.
They drew near to the village where they were heading. Jesus gave the impression that he was going further, but they urged him strongly not to.
‘Stay with us,’ they said. ‘It’s nearly evening; the day is almost gone.’ And he went in to stay with them.
As he was sitting at table with them he took the bread and gave thanks. He broke it and gave it to them. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other, ‘Do you remember how our hearts were burning inside us, as he talked to us on the road, as he opened up the Bible for us?’
And they got up then and there and went back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven, and the people with them, gathered together.
They were saying, ‘The Lord really has been raised! He’s appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.