If we did not know our own heart, we might wonder how it was that the disciples should be so blind and forgetful as they were after all that Jesus had told them of the nature and object of his mission. Moreover, all that they had seen of him, and heard of his words was only a confirmation of the Old Testament likewise, what he told them should surely come to pass was a fulfillment of the prophecies concerning him and his work. Yet, after all the wondrous scenes of Gethsemane and Calvary, we find two of the disciples in doubt as they walked on their way to Emmaus.
“And it came to pass, that while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them But their eyes were holden that they should not know him” (Luke 24:15, 16). Little did they think that the Stranger who now drew nigh was none other than he with whom they had been so long time familiar. “What manner of communications,” said Jesus, “are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?” They wondered at the question, and asked him whether he was “only a stranger in Jerusalem .”
And then, having drawn from them particulars of what had lately taken place there, he said, “0 fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:25).
And, when “their eyes were opened, and they knew him, and he vanished out of their sight,” what was the result? What was the conclusion to which they came? It was just that same testimony in which all those who know something of the selfsame Jesus will most entirely agree! “And they said to one another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?”