The Mystery of Jesus: The Road to Emmaus

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Road to Emmaus


  • To recognize Deuteronomy 29:29
  • To list events of Luke 24: 13-35
  • To describe what God does when He “opens” someone’s eyes

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; 3-4 copies of different mystery children’s books

Geography: Jerusalem

Background: Jesus has died. He was placed in the tomb. The disciples were scared out of their wits and were hiding in some room somewhere. Then Sunday morning came and the women reported that the stone was rolled away and that there was no body in the tomb. Peter and John ran to the tomb to see for themselves. Then all of the disciples locked themselves in the room. After all, would the Romans or Sanhedrin be after them next?

Main Events of The Road to Emmaus:

Do you like secrets? [Allow for answers.] Some secrets are fun, like knowing what you are giving your mom for Christmas, or giving a surprise party for a friend. Some secrets can be stressful, such as those we try to keep to ourselves when we’ve done something wrong. But for the most part, secrets can be a good thing. And God LOVES to keep and tell secrets! Do you like mystery books? We do. We like to try to figure out who did it by the clues we read. It’s always fun to see if we are right! God has a mystery book for us to read called the Bible. And all throughout it He has clues for us. We need to study those clues so we can know more about the mystery of God.

Emmaus Road{Read Deuteronomy 29:29} God keeps secrets, but He loves to reveal His secrets to us. So if you listen to your parents, or Sunday School teacher, it is possible that God has revealed something to them and are now passing that secret Truth to you. God wants everyone to know His secrets, but He only reveals them a little bit at a time. And there is an event that took place on Easter Sunday when Jesus revealed, or opened the eyes of, those around Him.

The Road to Emmaus (from the NASB)

13 And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.

* Emmaus was about 2-3 hours away from Jerusalem. So it wasn’t too far away.

14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22 But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. 28 And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther. 29 But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. 30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight.

* “Their eyes were opened.” The secret was revealed. These two men knew and understood Who was with them. And this historical event tells us something else. We MUST choose to have godly friends. These two men were talking about Jesus, when suddenly He joined in. Godly friendships work the same way! The Bible tells us that when 2 or more people are gathered in His name that He will be in their midst. And that is what happened with these men.

32 They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” 33 And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, 34 saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

*Why were there only 11 disciples? [Judas had hung himself after feeling sorrow when Jesus was arrested by the Sanhedrin.] Simon refers to Simon Peter, the disciple. So what these men were saying was something like, “The Lord really has risen and He really did appear to Simon Peter!”

36 While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and *said to them, “Peace be to you.” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; 43 and He took it and ate it before them. 44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,

* Deuteronomy 29:29!! He opened their minds, their eyes, as well! And they finally understood what Jesus wanted them to know. Jesus had not come into the world to save Israel from Rome. It was MUCH larger than that! Jesus had come to save humanity from sin. And now the disciples understood.

Application of The Road to Emmaus:

Have you ever taken a bath or a shower and had the mirror fog up? That’s like what it is for us while we are on this earth. The things of God are foggy. He is mysterious. But what happens as the bathroom cools? {The water eventually fades away.} As you learn more about God, read the Bible, go to church, listen to good advice from those who love Jesus, then your mirror becomes less foggy. But while we are on earth our mirror will never be totally clear. That won’t happen until we are in heaven with Jesus. THEN we can ask any question we might have to Jesus and our mirror will be clear. We will understand all kinds of things that confused us here on earth.

Many times people will read something in the scriptures, not understand it, and then discount the Bible all together. That is not what we are to do. We are to ask God, seek His face, go to Him and give Him our confusions and worries. God is not out to trick us. He is on our side. He wants to reveal Himself to you. He has a secret for you, but are you listening?

Are you confused about something? Talk to Jesus about it!


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Anne Marie is a Bible Teacher and Bible curriculum writer with more than 25 years of experience. She has created Bible lessons and taught children about Jesus at churches, camps, Christian Schools, and conferences. She is the owner of FutureFlyingSaucers Resources where she helps busy parents and church leaders teach fun, flexible, multi-age, budget-friendly bible object lessons that enhance the spiritual growth of children. She lives with her husband and three children in South Carolina.

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