It was the third day after Jesus’ death. His followers were still numb with shock. They thought He would crush the Romans, but the Romans had, it seemed, crushed Him instead.
Many disciples met together with the apostles after the crucifixion. A group of women from their midst visited the tomb early Sunday morning. Luke names three of them, but there were others who had come with Jesus from Galilee (Luke 23:55; Luke 24:1, Luke 24:10). They returned from the empty tomb to tell the “eleven and . . . all the rest” of two men in shining clothes they had seen there (Luke 24:9, NKJV).
Luke records that on that Sunday afternoon two of Jesus’ followers walked the two to three hour journey from Jerusalem, back to their home in Emmaus (Luke 24:13). It is likely that they were so engrossed in their discussion of what had happened over the weekend that they did not notice a stranger walking nearby. Maybe they would never have noticed Him if He had not entered their conversation by asking why they were so sad (Luke 24:17).
This question really fired up the one called Cleopas. He wondered how the Stranger could be so ignorant of all the things that had happened. “‘What things?'” the Stranger asked (Luke 24:19).
Read Luke 24:19-35. What did these people say that revealed their lack of understanding, and how did Jesus explain to them the truth?
Notice that Jesus’ whole emphasis was on the Scriptures. Just as He resorted to Scripture in His battle with Satan in the wilderness, He goes to the Scriptures here in order to push back the darkness that these two were in. Only after He grounded them in the biblical teachings about Himself and His mission did Jesus then give them some powerful experiences to help buttress those biblical teachings: first, He revealed Himself to them, showing that He indeed had been raised from the dead; second, “He vanished from their sight”(Luke 24:31, NKJV). Between the no doubt perfectly clear Bible study on the atoning death of Jesus, followed by these powerful experiences, these two had plenty of reasons for faith.
Here, again, as all through the Gospels, we see Jesus keeping the Bible front and center. How, then, can we guard ourselves against any type of thinking that would cause us to question the authority of Scripture?