I contend many Christians can relate to the biblical account of the two men on the road to Emmaus. These men were disappointed in the outcome of what they were expecting to happen through their involvement with the person whom they believed was The Christ. They had put their entire life into following this prophet from Nazareth. These men were a part of a group that earnestly expected Jesus to lead a revolt that would overthrow the Romans and then become King over all Israel. I can only partly imagine how very disappointed and sad they must have been as they walked away from Jerusalem on that dreadful and eventful day when Jesus of Nazareth was beaten, tortured and crucified on the cross.
When others had stopped following Jesus because His sayings were too hard, these very men who were now on the road to Emmaus remained faithful, and committed to Him right to the very end. What a deep sense of depression and great loss they must have felt as they helplessly watched and witnessed the cruel death of their hope upon that cross on the hill called Golgotha. They all scattered for fear of the Jews when Jesus was crucified.
What sleepless nights they must have experienced following the crucifixion and burial of the man who had plainly demonstrated the Father God to them through His words and actions. They must have agonized over the fact that they had put so much time into this Messiah only to see their hopes slip through their hands like dry sand. They had left all behind to follow this man who said He was the Messiah the Son of the living God.
As we endeavor to relate to these men, we read about them walking away from everything they had invested their lives in. These men were definitely grieving the loss of what they had expected to be the saving of Israel. For some the hopes of high positions of authority loomed in the background of their inner thoughts. Others had argued openly about who would be the greatest and who would be the least in the promised kingdom that the Messiah would establish on earth.
A few days before, their hero, Jesus of Nazareth had girded himself with a towel and washed the feet of His disciples to illustrate the humble attitude of service they should have towards one to another. Now it seems all their hopes were dashed and their dreams lost!
All this must have seemed so small and distant to them as they walked the dusty road towards Emmaus. While they slowly walked the distance, they were talking with one another about what had recently transpired in Jerusalem leaving them hopelessly sad.
As these men were talking, the Lord Jesus drew close to them and noticed that they were sad. As He approached, He did not impose Himself on them, but simply asked them a question. He asked, “What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?”
He allowed them to tell all that was in their heart concerning what had just transpired in Jerusalem. After listening to them bare their broken hearts, He began to open up the scriptures to them concerning Him.
When He finally revealed Himself to them the outcome was magnificent! They were no longer disappointed, downcast or in despair, but were instantly elated and filled with enthusiasm. They ran back to Jerusalem to tell the others what had transpired.
When life deals us a devastating blow such as these men experienced, this reaction of jubilation is usually the outcome of when we are delivered from a similar situation. This account is a picture of how the Lord Jesus had come alongside these deeply disappointed men. We can see how He now sends the Comforter to come alongside of us to comfort us in our sorrow and misery. Then like the men on the road to Emmaus, we too can experience deliverance as He reveals Himself through the knowledge of the scriptures and a personal intimate living day to day relationship with Christ