An Easter Aftermath
Cleopas turned to his companion who was walking with him from Jerusalem to Emmas. “If God is in control, how could He let this Man die? Remember the healings that Jesus performed among us? He healed my cousin’s eyesight even though he was born blind. Who but God could have done such things?”
“And remember how He calmed the storm when the disciples thought that their boat was going to sink in the Sea of Galilee,” Uriah continued. “I was standing on the shore for that one and got to witness the waves calm down first hand!”
“And now after all the good that He did, He has been put to death–a horrible, painful, death! Why? How could this have happened?” continued Cleopas.
The two were so engrossed in their conversation and sorrow that they did not notice that a third man had joined their group. While they were prevented from recognizing Him, He began to talk. “What man are you talking about? Who did all these great things and has now been put to death?”
Cleopas was clearly astonished and annoyed. “You must be the only person in Jerusalem that has not heard about these things! Where have you been, man?”
Jesus replied innocently, “What things?” (Clearly He was setting them up.)
So Cleopas and Uriah began to fill Him in by explaining Jesus’ miracles and His horrible crucifixion. “We were hoping that He was going to free us from the domination of the Romans.”
“There is hope, however. Some are reporting that His tomb is empty. Perhaps He has risen and has escaped death!”
At this comment, Jesus said, “Why are you so thick-headed and slow-hearted? Why can’t you just believe all that the prophets spoke concerning this Man?” Then He began to explain the scriptures to them.
As they approached the outskirts of the Village of Emmaus, Jesus pretended to be going further. Cleopas and Uriah, however, would have none of it. The things that He was telling them were just beginning to make sense, and they had questions, lots of them. “Please spend the night here with us. We have rooms in the inn and a good meal is being prepared. You can be on your way in the morning.”
As they sat down to the evening meal, Jesus took the bread, broke it and blessed it. Then He gave some of it to each of them. The moment that they recognized Him, Jesus vanished.
Sitting there at the table, they were astonished! “Didn’t our hearts burn within us while He explained the scriptures to us? Doesn’t it make sense that Jesus was the Perfect Lamb of God sacrificed for the sins of mankind! (I John 2:2). We, who are obviously flawed, could never pay for our own sins. That is why Jesus had to die, to pay the price we could not pay.”
“Remember how He said that it is better that He leave us so that He could send the Friend, the Helper, the Comforter, the precious Holy Spirit. He said that this Person could not come unless He, Jesus, left. He also said that Person, the Holy Spirit, would not only be with us, but actually within our own spirits.”
“Yes, He was here when Jesus spoke to us, confirming the words that Jesus spoke, and giving us that fire-that burning cofirmation in our hearts.”
“The Holy Spirit is a more intimate expression of God even than Jesus, Himself.”
“Yes and He could come only when Jesus’ death had paid for our sins!”
“The death of Jesus for our sins was a good thing. His resurrection brought about something even better: the life of God, the Holy Spirit, living right inside us.”
“We have got to get back to Jerusalem and tell the others!”
“I don’t want to finish our meal. This is too good to keep! Let’s go!”
Luke 24: 13-35