Unit 27, Session 2: The Emmaus Disciples
Jesus’ death and resurrection should not have surprised the disciples. Sometimes Jesus spoke metaphorically about His death and resurrection. (See Matt. 12:39; Mark 14:58; John 2:19; 3:14-15.) Other times, Jesus plainly told the disciples that He would be betrayed, crucified, buried, and resurrected on the third day. (Matt. 17:12; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22) In fact, Jesus had spoken so frequently of His death and resurrection, the chief priests and Pharisees asked Pilate to place guards at the tomb in case the disciples stole Jesus’ body. (See Matt. 27:62-66.)
On resurrection morning, the angel at Jesus’ tomb asked the women, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5). Even when Peter and John ran to the empty tomb to see it for themselves, Peter was amazed but uncertain (Luke 24:12), while John believed (John 20:8).
That same day, two disciples were walking to Emmaus, arguing about recent events. Jesus began walking next to them, but God prevented them from recognizing Jesus. (Luke 24:16) Jesus simply asked them what they were arguing about. They stopped walking. How could He not have heard about what happened over the last three days?
The two disciples had hoped Jesus was the Redeemer of Israel. Their hopes were crushed when Jesus died. Now Jesus explained to them why the Messiah had to die, starting with Moses and the Prophets. Jesus showed how the Scriptures point to Him. (Luke 24:27; John 5:39)
The Bible is not a collection of unrelated stories. The whole Bible is about Jesus. When Adam and Eve sinned, God began working out His plan to send Jesus to rescue people from sin. All of the Old Testament points forward to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection—the time when Jesus would bring God’s promised salvation for sinners.
The Emmaus Disciples
The whole Bible is about Jesus. When Adam and Eve sinned, God began working out His plan to send Jesus to rescue people from sin. All of the Old Testament points forward to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection—the time when Jesus would bring God’s promised salvation for sinners.
Family Discussion Questions
- What stories from the Old Testament do you remember?
• How do they point to Jesus?
• Why is it good to understand all scripture is about Jesus?
- What is the Bible all about?
• Why is reading the Bible important? (See Psalm 119:105.)
• Share something you’ve learned from the Bible that was confusing or surprising to you.
-Instruct the kids to form a line.
-Place an empty basket opposite the line.
-Blindfold the first person in line and give them a tennis ball.
-Invite them to toss the ball into the basket.
-Allow everyone to take a turn.
-Consider awarding points to those who successfully land the ball in the basket.
-You may play additional rounds without the blindfold for comparison.
After Jesus rose from the dead, different people saw Him at different times, but some of them were still spiritually blind to the truth about Him found in God’s Word. Today we will learn about a time Jesus helped two disciples better understand the full truth about Himself.
Look up online how to make a book cover from a paper bag. Help family members make a cover for their Bible. Talk about how not everyone has Bibles. Make a list of people you could gift Bibles to ,and make them paper covers as well.