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The Eyes Jesus Opened First
Luke included the Emmaus road account (Luke 24:13-35), no doubt, because it was a powerful testimony of the resurrected Jesus by two credible eyewitnesses (Cleopas likely would have been known to many first generation Christians). But there is also something valuable to see in how Jesus chose to reveal himself to these sad, cynical disciples.
It was Sunday afternoon. Cleopas and his companion exited Jerusalem’s Western Gate, heading toward Emmaus. Even a casual observer could tell that their discussion was intense.
About fifteen minutes into the journey, a man they did not recognize overtook them. “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?”
They just stopped and looked at him, dumbfounded. Jesus’ execution was about the only thing people were talking about in Jerusalem. It had been the tragic climax to a week of controversy, confrontation, and political intrigue.
Perhaps “climax” was premature. A new twist had emerged that morning. Jesus’ body was missing. No statements had been issued from the Sanhedrin or the Romans. There were rumors of a resurrection. The gossip mills were all running at full capacity.
Cleopas said, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” The man replied, “What things?” “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.”
Cleopas paused, clearly feeling this very deeply, then continued, “But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.”
He quickly wiped his eyes and started walking again. “Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find his body, 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.”.. from the article: The Eyes Jesus Opened First