13That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven milesGreek sixty stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters from Jerusalem, 14and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, "What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" 19And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see." 25And he said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29but they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?" 33And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
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While we may not always be able to see it in ourselves, God is at work in us. In fact, God has promised that all those who belong to Him by faith in Jesus Christ are being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:10). This transformation is not a mere intellectual or moral change; it is a deep reorientation of our minds, hearts, and lives. In Luke 24, we see all three of these areas transformed in the lives of the disciples.
First, Jesus transformed the disciples’ minds. Before their encounter with Jesus, they were filled with confusion (v. 11). Why had Jesus died? And where was His body? But Jesus transformed their minds by explaining that His death should not have come as a surprise because it is, in fact, the central plot of the whole Bible (vv. 25-27). And Jesus transformed their minds by opening their eyes to recognize Him personally as they ate together (vv. 30-31). The work of transformation begins in our minds (Rom. 12:1-2), but it does not end there.
Second, Jesus transformed the disciples’ hearts. Before their encounter with Jesus, they were filled with sadness (v. 17). They had hoped that Jesus was going to be the one to redeem Israel, but then His own people rejected and killed Him. They would like to believe the rumors of His resurrection were true, but they didn’t want their hopes crushed once again. But Jesus transformed their hearts by convincing their minds of the good news, which caused them to burn with the joyful significance of His atoning death and victorious resurrection. The work of transformation flows from our minds to our hearts, but even still it does not end there.
Third, Jesus transformed the disciples’ lives. Before their encounter with Jesus, they were leaving Jerusalem with heads hung low (v. 13). Three days had passed since Jesus’ death, and it was time to return to life as usual. But Jesus transformed their lives by giving them a new task and purpose in life. After repeating how His death is the central plot of the whole Bible, Jesus charges His disciples with proclaiming that message: “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things (Luke 24:46-48).” The book of Acts records how the disciples’ lives were transformed and empowered by the Holy Spirit for this mission.