The twenty-fourth chapter of Luke unfolds like a mystery drama. Three men are traveling from Jerusalem to the city of Emmaus. Two of the men are disciples of Jesus. The first is named Cleopas and Luke does not reveal the second disciple’s name. The third man, unknown to the two disciples, is Jesus—their master. Three days prior he had been crucified, and the two disciples are unaware of his resurrection. Cleopas and the other disciple are lamenting over the events that have taken place in Jerusalem. As Jesus walks with them, he questions their sadness.
Cleopas explains that Jesus’s disciples, himself included, had hoped that Jesus was the promised savior. But now that Jesus is dead, their hope has vanished. Jesus chastises the disciples and begins to speak with them about all the Scriptures that were about him. As they reached their destination, they urged Jesus to stay with them, still not recognizing him. During the evening meal Jesus blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to them. Immediately, their eyes were opened, they recognized Jesus, and knew he was alive.