“By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, 29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them.”
Luke 24:29, NLT
I’m continuing to think about these guys on the road to Emmaus. There is an intense desire of theirs to bring Jesus in to them and off the streets. They only have a partial understanding of Jesus, but they do have sense enough to invite Him into a comfortable place. This was really out of the ordinary. Afterall, He was just an agreeable traveller.
But the sentiment was strong. They went really out of the way, and they began to insist. And He finally consented. There are times when we feel strong about a thing, and we find we are doing things out of the ordinary.
These two men discerned much. They understood that night was coming. They also understood Jesus’ need for food and shelter. The day was dwindling down. He could not continue on His own. So they made room, and they opened up their lives to Him. And never has there been such a guest. Oh, but what blessed friendship He brings us. We thrive and grow under His rays. He brings us much more then we could ever give Him.
“As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. 31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!”
Jesus finally ‘undresses Himself’ . He reveals who He really is, and these men rock back in their chairs. Scripture says ‘that their eyes were opened’. That took a supernatural work. It is at this moment that Jesus disappeared. He was gone, He just vanished from them.
“They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”
They were left with memories of a ‘burning heart’. Jesus Christ had left a deep imprint, and these two men would always ‘nurse’ these memories of a long dusty walk with the resurrected Jesus. They would, from on then, think about these fleeting moments, when they were so close, and yet missed Him who decided to take a walk with them in the bright Judean sunlight.
It is imperative that we remember our times with Jesus. When He reveals Himself to us, we will never be the same.