Jesus appears to two of his followers on the way to Emmaus.
Mark 16:12–13; Luke 24:13–35
Later on the same day, two of Jesus’ followers left for Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked, they talked about everything that had happened. While they discussed the events and reasoned together, Jesus came near and walked with them, but they were kept from recognizing him.
“What are you talking about?” Jesus asked. “Why are you so sad?”
One of the two, Cleopas, said, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know what has happened in the last few days?”
“What are you talking about?”
“Jesus of Nazareth. He was a prophet who did incredible miracles and was a powerful teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. Our chief priests and religious leaders delivered him to be sentenced to death and crucified. We had hoped he was the one who would liberate Israel. It has been three days since these things happened. Some women of our group were at the tomb early this morning and brought an unbelievable report. They could not find his body, they said, but they saw a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our men went to the tomb and saw that the body was gone, just as the women had said, but they did not see him.”
“Why don’t you understand?” Jesus asked. “You are so slow to believe what the prophets have said. Wasn’t it necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things before entering his glory?” Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, Jesus took them through the scriptures and explained everything concerning himself.
As they came to Emmaus, Jesus acted as if he would go farther.
“Stay with us,” the two begged. “It’s getting late, and there is little daylight left.” So he went with them.
As they sat down to eat, Jesus took the bread and gave thanks. He broke off a piece and gave the loaf to them. Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. Then he disappeared.
They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us while we were on the road and he explained the scriptures?” At once, they returned to Jerusalem and found the eleven disciples gathered with the others.
“It’s true,” Cleopas said. “The Lord Jesus has risen. It’s not my word alone. Simon was with me, and he saw him too.”
They told all that had happened on the way to Emmaus and how they recognized Jesus when he broke the bread. But no one believed them.