On the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24: 13-35
Acts 3: 1-10 / Ps 105

Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?
(Luke 24:32)

God’s message comes in verses read,
In parables that Jesus said,
Or even on the roads we tread,
And in the breaking of the Bread.

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” “What things?” He asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified Him; but we had hoped that He was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find His body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said He was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself. As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if He were going farther. But they urged Him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So He went in to stay with them. When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. (Luke 24: 13-35)


It is inevitable. There will come a time in our life when we encounter our Saviour. Right now we might still be too preoccupied with making our first million, raising a family, developing our career, or struggling up the corporate ladder, but sooner or later, we will eventually meet up with our Creator, like the two disciples did on their way to Emmaus, or more dramatically, like St. Paul’s encounter with Jesus on his way to Damascus. Jesus just bides His time, but He knows that somewhere along the way in our journey through this earthly existence, we will discover our true calling, and He will be there to offer His assistance. After all, He is the Way, all His promises are true, and He is really our best friend and Life eternal.

God employs people or events, or at times the written Word to make our encounter with Him happen. It can be a moving testimony during a breakfast meeting, the loving fellowship among fellow Christians who have experienced His call ahead of us, or a Gospel reflection received, read or heard. It usually comes with serendipity, unexpected, like a flash, or a small voice within. But for some it may involve a long, drawn-out process of transformation, a struggle — for the ways of the world are like a tenacious addiction. Still for others, it may entail a complicated or painful release or “rehabilitation.” Many have had to “pass through the valley of death” in order to live the new life in Christ. This can come in the form of a tragic loss of a loved one, a financial debacle, or a healing from a debilitating or “incurable” disease. We have heard it said before, “His cancer was the cure.” If he had not been afflicted with that disease, he would never have found the Great Healer, our Lord, Jesus Christ.

In the devotional book, “Experiencing God Day By Day”, Henry T. Blackaby wrote that “God was working in your life long before you began working with Him. The Lord knew you before time began, and He knew what He wanted to do with your life.” (Jer.1:5).

“It was You who created my inmost self, and put me together in my mother’s womb; for all these mysteries I thank You: for the wonder of myself, for the wonder of Your works.” (Psalms 139:13-14) Amen.

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