The Emmaus Road

"Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?" These words from the twenty-fourth chapter of Luke's gospel bring to us the picture of a quiet country road and of two men walking sorrowfully along, reasoning together over some subject seemingly hard to be explained, and of one who, coming upon them thus and noting their sad demeanor, asks the cause. We picture their surprise as they say, "Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? ... But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel." We seem to hear Master's voice as, "beginning at Moses and all the prophets," he expounds unto them "in all the scriptures the things concerning himself."

We follow them as they walk to the town of Emmaus, where the two men urge their unknown companion to sup with them. He complies with their request, and on breaking the bread, blesses it. Their eyes are then opened to know him; and as they perceive him, he passes from their sight. Then they in gladness speak the questioning words of wonder quoted above.

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