Can you imagine ANY follower of Jesus being disappointed on Easter Sunday morning?
Strange as it may seem, that’s exactly what Jesus found as He dropped in on a couple of His followers following His resurrection.
We don’t know much about these two men, except they were apparently very bummed, and they were mired in the kind of unbelief that went contrary to eyewitness accounts which were unfolding around them on that morning.
We know one of the men was named Cleopas, but that’s about all we know. What about the other man? Can you imagine being a sort of central character in an important Bible story and have your name go unmentioned? (But given the unbelief they were tangibly exhibiting, maybe going un-named was a bit of a blessing.)
These two men evidently lived in a village called Emmaus, and they were returning there in despair on that great Sunday, having not seen what they would have seen had they remained at Jerusalem with the disciples they left behind.
Sometimes, (and maybe very often,) we may wonder what Jesus was doing on that morning of His resurrection. He revealed Himself to Mary and the other women, and then even to Peter, but then He disappeared – it seems for hours until reappearing with His disciples in the room where they were hiding out following His crucifixion.
Here we read what Jesus was doing in some of those hours. You see, Jesus felt it imperative to visit these two men who had departed in unbelief, apparently after being close followers – perhaps for years. There is much more going on here than meets the eye, and we are not privy to exactly why Jesus chose these two men to follow after and convince to return.
And what a convincing it was! Not by sight, no indeed – but by the Word of God. It was a Bible study led by the resurrected Christ.
This is such an important lesson for all of us. It might surprise us to know just how many followers of Christ are found in unbelief on Easter Sunday morning, but Jesus has known this to be fact for generations. And He reaches out to draw the unbelieving followers back to Himself.
But it could not be by sight, because He would only be seen by those people in that time, and because we know already sight does not produce faith – even, it seems, when the sight is the resurrected Christ. (That was certainly true for those who sought to kill Jesus, and it might surprise us to know how many followers of Christ might fit in that same category.) No, it would be a Bible study covering everything the Word of God had to say about the coming of Messiah that would make their hearts burn – and eventually open their eyes to Christ Who concealed Himself until they saw for themselves.