Walking with the Risen Christ!

Luke 24:13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 
15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus / Yehoshua Himself drew near and went with them. 
16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
19 And He said to them, “What things?” So, they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus / Yahshua of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 
20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 
21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 
22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 
23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 
24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”
25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 
26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 
27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 
29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 
31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

Two disciples were walking from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus 7 miles away, and while they walked, they talked about the crucifixion of Christ Yehoshua, and the events after.

So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 
But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
(Vs 15-17)

The risen Christ walked with them. But for some reason it did not occur to them that it was the Risen Messiah that came along side of them, and joined the conversation.

18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
19 And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 
20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 
21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 
22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 
23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 
24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”
(Vs 18-24)

Bringing Yehoshua up to date on the conversation and the events, He see’s why they are sad, they’re having difficulty believing that Yehoshua is in fact risen. In spite of what they have heard about Him being alive as told by the women.

So now comes His reply.

Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 
26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 
27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
 (Vs 25-27)

So now, when the Messiah opens the scripture for them, they still don’t recognize Him. But surely, they must have marveled at how well the Messiah knew the scriptures. For in seven miles there must have been quite the talk.

He speaks of believing the prophets, And here is the key to understanding events that are slated to come in the future, and in the past.

Surely YHVH GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)

So now they arrive at their destination.

Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 
But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
(Vs 28, 29)

Still, they don’t know who it is that has walked these seven miles with them, but they want to hear more. They want to fellowship with the resurrected Messiah, though they don’t yet know His identity.

But that is going to change in just a moment.

Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 
Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
(Vs 30, 31)

He might have said, “This is my body broken for you.” I don’t know what He said as He blessed the bread. But in any case, He revealed Himself to them.

And then He just vanished.

And it has to occur to them that they had just walked seven miles with the risen Christ, the Messiah.

We need to consider this Emmaus experience for ourselves, And wonder if we have been in His presence unaware of who it is that we have been walking with, and taking with.

Even if we aren’t aware of it, it has to be. Because he is involved in every event in our lives, testing, teaching, and guiding us. This is what abiding In Him is.

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4)

This His guarantee that we will be seeing Him from time to time, For His spirit can rise up from among strangers, in virtually any setting. For I know His Spirit is in me, and in you, otherwise we would not be sharing this message from Him to you right now.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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