Cleopas and his friend had a lot on their minds as they made their way to Emmaus, a 7-mile
journey from Jerusaleum. They talked and reasoned amongst themselves about the strange things that had happened the last couple of days. As they were conversing, they met a stranger on the road.
“What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad”, the stranger noticed.
Are you only a visitor to Jerusaleum and do not know the things that had happened there?, they answered disbelievingly.
“What things?”, the stranger asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth”, they almost shouted.
They had hoped that He was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And yet, today being the third day, they had just heard some women of the faith who said they saw a vision of angels who said He was alive. Some of the men went to an Empty tomb! Unbelievable!
The two men were clearly waiting to spew out their guts to anyone, anyone who could clear away their confusion and doubts. Of all the people they should meet with was this stranger. (Remember what Heb. 13: 2 says, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it”?) Before the night was over, they not only met a stranger, but one who clearly knew everything about Moses, the law and the prophesies more than they bargained for. The more they heard the stranger talked, the more their hearts began to burn within them . Just as mysteriously he appeared, same manner he vanished into thin air!
Jesus had been their mentor, teacher, defender and physician when He was with them. After his death, they were like the lost sheep of the house of Israel without a leader, a shepherd, a master. They were still drinking milk from the bottle instead of taking solid food.
Did the road they took changed their lives? Yes, that “ghostly” encounter on the road did it. From then on, they went about bearing witness for the Resurrected Savior, turning the world upside down with their preaching and testimonies.
Did it changes yours?