The Story of Jesus


The Passover Feast over, visitors at Jerusalem were returning home. Along the road leading to Emmaus, a village seven miles from Jerusalem, two men walked slowly, with bowed heads. As they talked about Jesus' trial and crucifixion and about the women's message that morning, a stranger joined them. He asked, 

"What are you talking about so earnestly? Why are you sad?"

Cleopas asked, "Don't you know what has been happening?"

"What things?" the stranger wanted to know.

They answered, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a great prophet in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and rulers condemned him to death and crucified him. We believed he was the Christ.

"This is the third day since it happened and this morning some women of our company astonished us. They had gone early to the tomb, but they did not find Jesus' body. But they saw angels who said, 'He is risen.' Some of us hurried to the grave and found it empty, but we did not see the angels or our risen Lord." 

The stranger talked to them about the Christ. He showed them by the Scriptures that Christ would have to suffer these very things and rise again the third day if he would really be the Savior.

When they came to Emmaus, the two said, "Stay with us, for it is almost evening." So the stranger went with them. When they sat down to eat he took bread, blessed it, and gave it to them. At once they knew he was Jesus, the risen Lord. Then he disappeared, How happy they were! Back to Jerusalem they hurried to tell the disciples they had seen the Lord.

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