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Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Road to Emmaus



The Road to Emmaus

by Mary Stephens
April 2017

The account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and their meeting with Jesus is one of my favorite parts of the events surrounding His resurrection. It has drama, mystery, humor, and pathos. It is beautiful. Let's take a closer look.

Luke 24:13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.

On the first day of the week, the day that Jesus rose from the dead, two of His disciples headed to their home at Emmaus in the afternoon. Sixty furlongs is about 10-12 kilometers or 7 miles, depending on how you measure it. So, it was a bit of a walk. At a moderate pace it would take them close to two hours, longer if they went slower.

Many of the paintings and illustrations of this story have shown two men walking with Jesus or sitting at the table eating with Him. If a woman is present, it's usually in the eating scene and she is usually a background figure serving the food or merely an onlooker. But is that really how it was?

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4 comments:

  1. I was only studying this yesterday and it was only thinking to myself that it is so visually written that you can almost see the two walking down the road talking about the events they had witnessed and comes along a stranger who asks them what the matter is. It is such an interesting passage to read.

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    1. Yes! I love it for that. It seems so personal. :-) Maybe it is less difficult for us to imagine because walking along the road is something many of us do still, so it is easier to picture.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  2. Oh, I love this story, too!!! It just blesses me so much each time I read it. I can only imagine how their hearts did burn within them. I cannot even imagine how they must have stopped along the way, as you said. I think I would have begged Him to stay forever. Oh, to walk with Him like that! You know, you have really brought out an interesting point in saying one of them could have been a woman, even Cleopas' wife. I have never heard this before, but it surely adds an interesting element to consider this. Thank you for delving into one of my favorite Bible passages. I so enjoyed reading it. I know I have owed you an email for so long...each time I think I will sit down and write, I don't follow through. Life has been so busy. Thank you for your patience! God bless you, sweet friend. :)

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    1. I'm so glad that this was a blessing to you too. It was a blessing to write study it again. I don't even remember for sure where I first heard it discussed that it might have been a husband and wife, but it really stuck with me.

      Thank you for coming by and commenting. I often struggle with writing emails too, so I understand. :-)

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