Linda Carlson - The Road To Emmaus
June 30, 2019
The Road to Emmaus, Revisited
Luke 24:26-27 “ ‘Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”
A dimension of our walk with God is Jesus walking with us. Jesus’ presence with us and His living Word have the power to open our eyes so that we recognize who He truly is and experience a new, transformed life.
Scriptures for Reflection: Jesus in the Old Testament
Some of the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah that Jesus would likely have referred to on the road to Emmaus are listed here.
Personal or Small Group Challenge: In the New Testament, you can find how these prophecies, made thousands of years before the coming of Jesus Christ, were exactly and precisely fulfilled. Enjoy the discovery!
Prophecies about the Messiah, Jesus.
Genesis 3:15 – the Messiah would be the seed of the woman.
Genesis 12:3 – The Messiah would be the descendant of Abraham, through whom all nations would be blessed.
2 Samuel 7:12-16 – The Messiah would be a descendant of King David.
Daniel 9:24-27 – The Messiah would come according to a timetable.
Isaiah 7:14 – The Messiah would be born of a virgin.
Micah 5:2 – The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
Hosea 11:1 – The Messiah would be called out of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 18:15-19 – The Messiah would be a prophet like Moses.
Psalm 110:1-4 – The Messiah would be greater than David.
Malachi 4:5-6 – The Messiah would be preceded by Elijah, the prophet.
Malachi 3:1 - The Messiah would be preceded by a messenger.
Isaiah 61:1-2 – The Messiah would do life-affirming, redemptive deeds.
Isaiah 9:1-2 - The Messiah would be the great light.
Isaiah 9:6-7 – The Messiah would be a wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.
Psalm 118:25-29 - The Messiah would be acclaimed.
Zechariah 9:9 – the Messiah would come riding on a donkey.
Psalm 118:22-24 - The Messiah would be the rejected cornerstone.
Jeremiah 31:15 – The Messiah would be the subject of a murderous plot
Zechariah 11: 12-13 – The Messiah would be betrayed by 30 pieces of silver.
Psalm 69 – The Messiah would be the righteous sufferer.
Genesis 22: 1-18 – The Messiah would be a willing sacrifice.
Isaiah 53:4-6, 11 – The Messiah would be a suffering servant, bear our sins, and suffer in our place.
Zechariah 12:10 – the Messiah would be pierced.
Number 21: 6-9 - The Messiah would be lifted up.
Exodus 12: 1-51- The Messiah would be the Passover lamb.
Ruth 4:4-9 – The Messiah would be our Kinsman-Redeemer.
Jeremiah 31:31 – The messiah would bring a new covenant.
Psalm 22:1-31 – The Messiah would be forsaken and pierced, but vindicated.
Isaiah 53: 10-11 – The Messiah would not remain dead, but see his seed and prolong his days.
Psalm 16:8-11 The Messiah would be resurrected.
Psalm 2:1-12 – The Messiah would be called God’s Son.
Daniel 7:13-14 – The Messiah would be the Son of Man.
Numbers 24:17 – The Messiah would be the Star coming out of Jacob.
Genesis 49:10 - The Messiah would be the coming one to whom the scepter belongs.
What questions would you have for Jesus if you took a walk with Him?
Have you ever felt like something was keeping you from recognizing Jesus? What was that?
Were your “eyes” later opened? If so, what happened?
What does the fulfillment of these Messianic prophecies in the person of Jesus mean for your life?
Which ones are especially meaningful to you (burn in your heart)? Why?
You may have a different world view or belief system than the one presented in this story and wonder which is true. Jesus is not averse to your questions, so ask away.
Or, you may wish to have a conversation with someone who has another world view or belief system than yours. We can learn from Jesus on the Emmaus Road about how to do this.
Recognizing Jesus walking with us and listening to His words is where we must begin before speaking to anyone else about Him.
We can ask gentle, open-ended questions to understand another’s perspective.
When we listen to understand, it’s more likely someone will want to know more.
We can talk about Jesus’ uniqueness and unparalleled life and message with someone who has had time to trust us.
Only Jesus can open and change minds and hearts, and He does it in His time.
In his book, Jesus Rediscovered, Malcolm Muggeridge retells the story of the Emmaus Road. He concludes, “On every walk, Christ came to tell us whether to Emmaus or Wimbledon or Timbuktu, there is the same stranger waiting to accompany us along our way, if we want him.”
Do we dare to add our roads and their destinations to this story and look for this stranger on the way, and invite him into our life situations?
Jesus speaking: “ ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.’”