18.01.12 Lk. 24:28-32 Emmaus, Sunday morning
JESUS IS REVEALED
28 They came near the village where they were going, and He gave the impression that He was going farther. 29 But they urged Him: “Stay with us, because it’s almost evening, and now the day is almost over.” So He went in to stay with them.
30 It was as He reclined at the table with them that He took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him, but He disappeared from their sight. 32 So they said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts ablaze within us while He was talking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us?”
Once the disciples had seen Jesus open the eyes of the blind; now He opened the eyes of their understanding. They had spent several years traveling with Him, listening to His teaching, and observing His many miracles. The crucifixion had destroyed their hopes, their dreams, and was a monumental disappointment which left a heavy cloud of depression over them. Now, suddenly, they saw that He truly was alive! Their depression exploded into overwhelming joy and excitement. The unbelievable became reality. Jesus is alive!
“He gave the impression that He was going farther.” Jesus did not imply or pretend anything false, as this obviously does not reflect upon His proven character. Rather, Jesus was walking on, and would have continued if it had not been for their intervention.