For those who are not familiar the story of the road to Emmaus it can be found in Luke 24:13-35. The story itself unfolds on the day of resurrection Sunday, just hours after Jesus rose from the tomb. Two disciples, one named Cleopas and the other unnamed, are walking from Jerusalem to the town of Emmaus, just 7 miles West. During their walk, a “stranger” joins them. This stranger is none other than Jesus himself, and his disciples are kept from recognizing him. Jesus asked them what they were talking about and they respond, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” (V.18) Jesus still played coy and asked, “What things?” They then explained to Jesus that he was a prophet mighty in deed, that he was killed by the rulers of Israel, that on the third day the tomb was empty and some people were saying that He was alive.
To this, Jesus says, “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?” (v. 25-26). Jesus, their Lord, saw them as fools, for they did not rightly understand what the prophets (Old Testament) had prophesied about the coming Messiah. These two disciples had been trying to unpack the resurrection of Christ with a world view, not a Biblical view, and it was leaving them confused.
Jesus, however, didn’t just call them fools and disappear; He walked with them all the way to Emmaus and patiently exposited Scripture, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” The disciples began by trying to explain the death and resurrection to Jesus through their own understanding and ended with Jesus explaining his death and resurrection to them through the Word.
Eventually they arrived to their destination, and Jesus joined them for supper. During that time, their eyes were opened and they recognized the “Stranger” for who He was, their Master. At that moment He vanished.
And what I find interesting is that after a resurrected Jesus vanished before their eyes they said, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” They were not amazed by the miracle of a vanishing Jesus, they were amazed by how all of Scripture points to the necessity of a suffering Savior.
So to answer the original question, now that Easter is over, now what? Commit yourself to open up the Word of God and see how all Scripture points to Jesus and set your heart on fire.