20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
The Emmaus travellers recount some of the events of the past days to this stranger (Jesus) who seemed to be naïve to that which everyone was talking about. The irony is that it was the travellers who were the naïve ones as the one they thought to be out of the loop was actually the one who was out of the grave!
The interesting part of these verses regards the role of women in the resurrection account. Early in Luke 24 the women have found an empty tomb, with the stone rolled away and no body. They then have an encounter with a heavenly angel which transforms their understanding of the empty tomb:
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen!
It is this encounter that convinces these women that Jesus has risen but when they tell the disciples of the encounter they don’t believe because they haven’t experienced what the women have.
The disciples thought they were crazy, Peter was interested, and the Emmaus travellers are confused.
The travellers have seen with their own eyes that Jesus died, but do they believe the testimony of women that he is alive.
The testimony of women in this culture was not seen as trustworthy so their cultural lens will throw up questions of doubt. Cleopas even reflects that when the male disciples went they found the tomb empty, but they found no Jesus. Without the angelic experience they still have doubt that someone could rise from the dead!
God works in ways we don’t understand but so often our view of God is limited by our logical understanding
How do you respond to someone sharing a miraculous experience of God that seems unbelievable if you haven’t experienced it?
Are you like the disciples who were sceptical?
Are you like Peter who is interested?
Are you like the Emmaus travellers who were confused?
Does your view / attitude towards the miraculous things of God need adjusting?