After Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to many people to prove that He had indeed risen from the dead. According to the Bible, Jesus’ first appearance was to Mary Magdalene (John 20:14-18). But who did Jesus appear to second after the resurrection?
The answer is found in Luke 24:13-35, where it is recorded that two disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus when Jesus joined them. However, they did not recognize Him at first.
The Road to Emmaus
As the two disciples were walking and discussing all that had happened in Jerusalem, Jesus approached them and asked what they were talking about (Luke 24:17). The disciples were surprised that this stranger did not know about the events that had just occurred in Jerusalem. They told Him about how Jesus had been crucified and buried, but how some women had reported that His tomb was empty and that angels had appeared to them.
Jesus then rebuked them for their lack of understanding and began explaining all that the Scriptures said concerning Himself (Luke 24:27). As they approached Emmaus, Jesus acted as though He was going further but the two disciples insisted He stay with them for dinner (Luke 24:28-29).
Jesus Reveals Himself
At dinner, Jesus took bread and blessed it before breaking it and giving it to them. It was at this moment that their eyes were opened and they recognized Him (Luke 24:30-31). But then, Jesus vanished from their sight.
The two disciples were amazed at what had just happened and immediately returned to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples what they had seen (Luke 24:33).
The Significance of Jesus’ Appearance
Jesus’ appearance on the road to Emmaus is significant for many reasons. Firstly, it shows us that even after His resurrection, Jesus was still concerned about His disciples and wanted to teach them more about Himself. Secondly, it shows us that Jesus can reveal Himself to us in unexpected ways, even when we are not looking for Him.
Finally, it demonstrates that the resurrection is not just a historical event but a personal encounter with the risen Lord. Like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, we too can experience the presence of Jesus in our lives if we are open to Him.
In conclusion, after appearing to Mary Magdalene, Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. This encounter is significant because it shows us that Jesus is always with us and can reveal Himself to us in unexpected ways. Let us be open to Him and allow Him to reveal Himself in our lives today.