3rd of Easter – Emmaus & Heartburn
This is very important to answer: What did the disciples recognize? Obviously, they recognized him in the breaking of the bread. (Luke 24:35) What else?
To come to know, perceive, recognize = ginosko
- They knew Jesus and the Father: Luke 10:22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
- They grasped the mystery of why he had to suffer (and they have to suffer) so to enter into his glory: Luke 18:34 But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
- They recognized the effects of their blindness and malice – how they were like others who resisted Jesus: Luke 19:42–44 saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. 44 They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”
- They recognized Jesus as the one who frees them from slavery: Exodus 6:7 I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. You shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has freed you from the burdens of the Egyptians.
- They recognized their sinfulness and how his teaching brought heartburn that purified them: Psalm 51:2f Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
- They saw and knew and welcomed Jesus’ teaching based on how well he knew them. And how heartburn was the blessing they really sought: Psalm 139:1–4 O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. 3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.
- They knew Christ as the one whose purifying word had placed his spirit within them and raised them from their own dead hearts: Ezekiel 37:13f And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,” says the Lord.