Dec. 8. Two Disciples Preach Jesus to Jesus; He also Appears to Peter

Mk. 16:12, 13; Lk. 24:13-35

Late that day, a disciple named Cleopas and another disciple were walking along the road to their home in Emmaus seven miles from Jerusalem. They were discussing the events of the crucifixion. As they walked, a Man came up to them and asked what they were talking about and why they were the so sad.

They replied, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

The Man asked, “What things?”

They explained to the Man the things regarding Jesus of Nazareth and how they had hoped that He would redeem Israel (free them from Roman rule). The men related that the chief priests and rulers had condemned Him to death and had crucified Him.

As the Man listened intently, the disciples further explained that it had been three days and some of the women of their group had found Jesus’ tomb empty and that angels had told them that He was alive.

At this point, the Man scolded the two for their unbelief of the prophets and the fact that the Christ must suffer these things and enter into His glory. He then began at Moses and the prophets and reviewed the Scriptures concerning the Christ.

The Man was about to depart into the evening, but the disciples urged Him to spend the night with them. He accepted their invitation and as He sat down to eat, He took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to them.

At this point, the two disciples realized that they had been talking with Jesus and He vanished from their sight. They felt foolish and blind because they had not known Jesus as they had talked with Him and He had taught them from the Scriptures.

The two disciples immediately went back to Jerusalem to report to the eleven and to the others with them that they had seen the risen Christ. Even though all of the apostles were not present and there were other disciples there, the term “eleven” was a figure of speech to refer to the apostles as a unit. Thomas was not there and Peter and possibly John seemed to be absent as well.

It was also reported that Simon (Peter) had seen Jesus. The apostles and those with them did not believe the men. They still did not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead.

We should be eager to share the good news of the risen Savior like these two disciples did.