And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about three score furlongs.…
I. THE BREAKING AND DISTRIBUTION OF BREAD.
1. The old, familiar, blessed intercourse between Christ and His disciples had not been put an end to, then, by all that had passed during those three mysterious days. Death vanishes as a nothing in their intercourse; they stand where they were; the fellowship is unbroken; the society is the same; all that there used to be of love and friendship, of peaceful concord, of true association — it abides for ever.
2. The true idea of the relation which results from Christ and His presence is that of the Family. He takes His place at the head of the table; He is the Lord of the household, though it be but the household of two men, and they belong to the family and the society which He founds.
3. Where Christ is invited as a Guest, He becomes the Host. Our Master never comes empty-handed. Where He is invited, He comes to bestow; where He is welcomed, He comes with His gifts; when we say, "Do Thou take what I offer," He says, "Do thou take Myself."
II. THE DISCOVERY. The consequence of this assumption of the position of Master, Host, Bestower, is that "their eyes were opened, and they knew Him." Where Christ is loved and desired, the veriest trifles of common life may be the means of His discovery, There is nothing so small but that to it there may be attached some filament which will bring after it the whole majesty and grace of Christ and His love.
III. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE LORD.
1. When Christ's presence is recognized, the senses may be put aside. We have lost, it is true, the bodily presence of our Master; but it is more than made up to us by the clearer knowledge of His spiritual verity and stature, the deeper experience of the profounder aspects of His mission and message, the indwelling Spirit, and the knowledge of Him working evermore for us all.
2. When Christ is discerned, there is work to be done.
(A. Maclaren, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
WEB: Behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was sixty stadia from Jerusalem.