O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?”

And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.

Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”

And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 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.

Jesus is miraculously alive and, instead of appearing to the masses, he chooses to walk a seven mile stretch of road with two of his disciples. Now doesn't that sound like our Lord? And isn't the dialog so revealing about the disciples' mindset? They have resigned themselves to the idea that Jesus is dead and they have rejected angelic reports of his resurrection. They have given themselves over to all that is logical and explainable.

Such is the place that many find themselves today. What would Jesus say to many of us if he walked that stretch with us? Would our words reveal our trust in the visible and the logical? Would Jesus have to explain the scriptures to us and speak to us of things illogical and invisible? Would we hear what he had to say if it disagreed with our ideology and theology? Or would our hearts be open to the things that he would share with us?

I am often foolish Lord. I often rely on my senses instead of trusting you with all of my heart. Help me. Open my eyes and my ears. I do not want to be slow to believe.


  1. There are many scenes in the Bible I would love to be transported into...this may be my favorite. To be in a Bible Study with Jesus!!! And then get to have dinner with him too.

    Great thoughts, Bob on this passage.

  2. I find its often difficult to trust God and believe what He has to tell me especially when I am in a difficult place. I have great sympathy with the disciples here.

  3. I resonate with that Mike. Since my wife was paralyzed and wheelchaired 3+ years ago life has been very difficult for her and for me. Yet each morning I awake to hope. I guess that is what the resurrection is all about.


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