The Road to Emmaus


“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.” – Luke 24:30-31a


Read: Luke 24:13-49


You know that feeling when you see someone who you are sure you know but you can’t remember who they are? And then they smile or laugh or make some gesture and that brings back a memory, and you immediately remember their name and how you know them?


That’s kind of like what Cleopas and his friend experienced when Jesus met them on the road to Emmaus. The passage tells us that “they were kept from recognizing Him.” They walked and talked with this stranger and ended up inviting Him in for the evening. And it was at the moment that Jesus broke the bread and gave thanks for it that their eyes were opened and they finally realized who He was.


As soon as they recognized Him, He disappeared. Then they remembered that as they had walked and talked with Him, He had been explaining to them who He was the whole time. “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”


Although Jesus isn’t appearing in the flesh to anyone these days, He is certainly here among us and wanting to walk alongside us. He has given us His Holy Spirit as our constant helper and comforter. He speaks to us through His Word, His Spirit through friends and teachers, and even through our circumstances. He is with us every day, even when we don’t realize it. It’s up to us whether we choose to remember He is with us or not. Will you remember?


Questions to think about:


  1. Has God ever shown something to you or revealed Himself to you and you didn’t realize it was Him until after the fact? How did that feel?
  2. What do you think it means that their “hearts were burning within us while He talked with us?” Have you experienced that?
  3. In what ways is God speaking to you this week?
  4. Take some time to talk to God about the kids you will serve this weekend. Ask Him to open your eyes to see someone who needs to be reminded of what Christ has done for them.