“The Journey To Emmaus” -- By: Sophie Radford De Meissner

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 084:334 (Apr 1927)
Article: “The Journey To Emmaus”
Author: Sophie Radford De Meissner


“The Journey To Emmaus”

Sophie Radford De Meissner

“And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.”

St. Luke, 24:13.

“After that He appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.”

St. Mark, 16:12.

“He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve.”

I Cor., 15:5.

“The other” (disciple) writes Dr. Geikie, in The Life and Words of Christ, “has been variously fancied as Nathanael, Peter, or, even Luke himself, but it is only conjecture” (pages 555–556).

“Seen Of Cephas”

Three days had passed since the Crucifixion of their beloved Lord and Master and dejection reigned supreme amongst the little company of His followers. So oppressed were they by this weight of grief that, when midday had passed and the disciples were thinking of separating and returning to their homes, two of the number, unable longer to bear the heart-rending strain, determined to set forth upon the road to Emmaus; their idea being to get out into the country; away from this atmosphere of woe and despair; away from the suspicious glances of the Jews, in that they might speak in unrestrained fashion of the terrible tragedy that had befallen them; a tragedy that had shattered their fondest hopes and left them helpless and without a Leader.

Some seven or eight miles to the northwest of Jerusalem on a high slope of the hills lay the little village that was their goal. The way to it led them over rugged heights and again through valleys, waxing more and more barren as the great city was left behind, until, upon nearing Emmaus, they came to a rivulet which spread greenness and beauty upon their way.

Oblivious alike to the barrenness as to the white and red of the flowering almond trees which later greeted them, they spoke in tones of suppressed excitement of the subject that engrossed their minds.

A strange tale, forsooth, was that brought them by Mary of Magdala! Certes, they believed it not; for was not she one who had been possessed of seven devils? And, although the Lord had delivered her of these, was it not within the bounds of possibility that, now He was no longer there in Person to protect her, she might again have fallen under the influence of those evil spirits? Or, mayhap, have been deceived by some hallucination due to overwrought nerves? Ah, no; ...

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