The Two Disciples on the Road to Emmaus

The one named Cleopas answered Him, “Are You the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that happened there in these days?” Luke 24:18 HCSB

The name Cleopas appears twice in the Bible. Here in Luke and in John. John 19:25 records, “Standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” Some think this is the same person but more than likely they are two different people. Notice the different spelling. Biblehub.com reports that “Cleopas is a Greek name, contracted from Cleopater, while Cleophas, or Clopas as in the Revised Version, is an Aramaic name, the same as Alphaeus.”

Who was the other disciple? The story of the two disciples traveling on the road to Emmaus is only recorded in Luke. It could be assumed that Luke is the other disciple but we cannot be certain. The other disciple could have been a close friend of Luke who shared the story with Luke.

The two disciples were followers of Jesus. They had traveled to Jerusalem with Jesus and now they were perplexed by the events of the last few days. They had hoped for an earthly Messiah but now their hopes and dreams were dashed. Jesus has been crucified. The events of the past few days took place during the time of Passover when many people would have traveled to Jerusalem for Passover. In God’s perfect time, the events of Jesus’ death and resurrection took place at a time when many would be in Jerusalem. These visitors would return to their homeland and share the Good News about Jesus. Jesus’s death and resurrection affected the whole world.

Challenge: Thank God for sending His Son to die for your sins and make it possible for you to have your sins forgiven and have eternal life in Heaven someday.

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