For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
THE ROAD TO EMMAUS
"13 And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, "What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?" And they stood still, looking sad. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, "Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?" 19 And He said to them, "What things?" And they said to Him, "The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21"But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22 "But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24 "Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see." 25 And He said to them, "O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?" 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. 28 And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther. 29 But they urged Him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over." So He went in to stay with them. 30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32 They said to one another, "Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?" 33 And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, 34 saying, "The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon." 35 They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
"They stood still looking sad," when Jesus
applied to them, we read.
The unconverted and by the Spirit of God unlighted man lives, breathes
and thrives on the whole in this ruin. But whoever, that only has begun
to get true impressions of Jesus, certainly to him it is precisely
what is left after Jesus has left him.
this background it is not difficult to understand the Emmaus wanderer’s
These disciples found themselves in the previous mentioned situation.
Their hope was crushed by what had happened in Jerusalem. Jerusalem, the
city the hope of the Jews was attached to, exactly there had their hope
been crushed (they believed).
is a difference between doubt and scruples, where one in spite of the
"mountains" which rise, is taken up with Jesus and willingly want to
believe if one only "could," and the ill-natured infidelity, where one
does not want
to believe, but precisely is in search of these "mountains" that can
arise against the faith and the Gospel.
the condition these disciples found themselves in attracts Jesus. One
can truly say about them, that
they were only prayer!
Norw.transl.: “I am only prayer”).
He spoke unto them on the way, their hearts burned
(v.32) - now it
was this burning they experienced? It was the dimly burning wick
(Is. 42:3), which
again blazed up by His
Word, which is
the Word about Him.
Lord goes very often forth in peculiar ways, and here in the narrative
we are seeing i.a. two things.
other is that He acted
as if He were going
Here again we see this strange thing with Jesus - His grace: First He
gives you so much that you have to ask for more - and then He lets "your
cup run over." (Psalm.23, 5).
Holy Bible, New American