The men who had been guarding Jesus’ tomb reported the disappearance of Jesus’ body (219). They were bribed by the Jewish religious leaders to say that Jesus’ body had been stolen by some of his students.
Later that same day, two of Jesus’ students were walking to the village of Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.
As they talked of all the things that had happened in recent days, Jesus drew near and walked along with them, but they didn’t recognize him. When Jesus greeted them & asked what they were discussing, they stopped & stood still, with sad faces. One of them, named Cleopas, asked Jesus, “Are you the only person in Jerusalem who doesn’t know about the things that have been happening there these last few days?” “What things?” Jesus asked.
“The things that happened to Jesus of Nazareth,” they both answered. “This man was a prophet; he was powerful in everything he said & did. Our chief priests and rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and he was crucified. And we had hoped that he would be the one who was going to set Israel free from the Roman occupation.
“Besides all that, this is now the third day since his execution. Some of the women of our group went to his tomb at dawn, but they couldn’t find his body. One came back saying she had seen Jesus, alive! Then Peter & John went to the tomb and found it empty, exactly as the woman had said! But they didn’t see Jesus . . .”
Then Jesus said to them, “How slow you are to believe everything the prophets said! Wasn’t it necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things before entering into glory?” Jesus went on to explain to them what was written about him in all the inspired scriptures, beginning with the books of Moses and the writings of all the prophets.
As they came near to Emmaus, Jesus seemed intent on going farther, but the two men said, “Stay with us; the day is almost over & it’s getting dark.” So Jesus went in to stay with them.
As they sat down to eat, Jesus took the bread & asked the blessing; then he broke the bread & gave it to them.
Suddenly their eyes were opened & they recognized him! But then Jesus left them . . .
(219) Matthew 28:11-15, Mark 16:12, Luke 24:13-31