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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
97

On the same day two of them were traveling to a village
sixty stadiums away from Jerusalem, by the name of Emmaus,
and they were conversing to each other
about all these things that had come about.
During their conversation and discussion
Jesus himself coming near traveled with them;
but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

He asked them, "What are these accounts
you are exchanging with each other while walking?"

They stood still, depressed.
One named Cleopas answered him,
"Are you only a stranger in Jerusalem
and are you not aware of the things
happening in it on these days?"

He asked them, "What things?"

They said to him, "About Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a powerful prophet in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how both the high priests and our rulers
gave him over to the verdict of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping
that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel;
moreover with all these things
this is the third day since this happened.

"But also some of our women astounded us,
having been at the tomb early in the morning,
and not finding his body
they came saying also they had seen a vision of angels,
who said that he was alive.
Some of those with us went away to the tomb,
and found it just as the women had said,
but him they did not see."

He said to them, "O unintelligent and slow of heart
to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
Did not the Christ have to suffer these things
and enter his glory?"

So beginning from Moses and from all the prophets
he explained to them
the things about himself in all the scriptures.
They came near to the village to which they were traveling,
and he made as though he were traveling farther.

But they prevailed upon him saying, "Stay with us;
for it is nearly evening, and the day has already faded."

So he went in to stay with them.
As he was sitting down with them
taking the bread he blessed it,
and breaking it he gave it to them;
then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him;
and he disappeared from their sight.

They said to each other,
"Were not our hearts burning within us,
as he spoke to us on the way,
as he opened the scriptures to us?"

Getting up at the same hour they returned to Jerusalem,
and they found gathered the eleven and those with them,
saying, "The Lord was really raised and appeared to Simon."

So they related what happened on the way
and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

97. Conversation on the Way to Emmaus Harmony 97 * Interpretation 97
98. Jesus Comes to His Disciples Harmony 98 * Synthesis 98 * Interpretation 98

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