One was named Cleopas, another was just referred to as “his (Cleopas’) friend, and the man they encountered along the road seemed for a while a stranger. Then it all came into focus.
It was Easter afternoon and these two followers of Jesus had gone out to walk off their sadness over the death of their Lord. As they were on their way to the village known as Emmaus, a “stranger” joined them. He asked about their grief, and they told him about the death of Jesus. They also relayed the news about the empty tomb, but they were still sad.
In the Spark Story Bible for children the dialogue continues like this:
“Stop being silly!” the stranger said. “How many times do you need to hear this? It was God’s plan for Jesus to die and become alive again to save the world!”
The three of them then arrive at a house. As supper was being eaten, the stranger took a loaf bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them to eat. In this act, their eyes were opened, and they knew this stranger was Jesus.
There comes a time our lives when it is all clear to each of us —-
It was God’s plan for Jesus to die and become alive again to save the world!”
“Thanks, Jesus, now I see.”
Wonderful God, thank You for loving and saving me, in the amazing grace of our Lord Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.