In Mark 16:12-13, we read about how Jesus revealed Himself to two disciples a road, which Luke 24:13-14 describes in greater detail as the “Road to Emmaus.” While Mark focuses on the unbelief of the other disciples who were then told about this encounter, Luke focuses on the unique details of how Jesus revealed Himself to the two on the road.
There are several truths we can discover in Luke’s account on Emmaus Road. First, these two disciples could not recognize Jesus in His glorified state without Jesus revealing that to them. In fact, Luke 24:16 tells us that “their eyes were kept from recognizing Him.”
The scene that is unfolding here is a bit humorous. Here they are talking about Jesus, and when Jesus arrives and begins walking and talking to them, until God revealed it, they did not recognize Him. An application for us is this, without God Himself revealing to us Jesus as the resurrected Savior, we cannot know Him as Savior.
A second truth is this: these two disciples could not understand what had happened without the prophetic word of God being revealed to them by Jesus. Their understanding of what happened about Jesus, their understanding about the kingdom of God was inadequate and misguided until God revealed to them its true meaning.
A final and third truth is this: it was only when Jesus was revealed to them, that their transformation began. Luke 24:32 tells us that once Jesus was revealed and they understood, their hearts “burned within them.” And once their hearts were ignited, they went to others to testify about the resurrected Christ. True passion about God only can come when the truth of Jesus is revealed to us.
Without the revelation of God’s word and the illuminating power of His Holy Spirit, we cannot see that all of our other passions about life, the future and even God Himself, are often vain and shallow. It is not until the reality of Jesus is revealed that we begin to be filled with God’s passion and then the desire to tell others about Him.
Let us thank God that He reveals Himself to men. Let us be grateful that through the word of God we can know the true reality of who Jesus is, that He came and died for sin, was buried and rose again that we too may have salvation and new life. And let us thank God for His Holy Spirit that helps us understand His will for our lives!