But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
On Resurrection Sunday two of the disciples were headed to Emmaus, about a 7 mile walk from Jerusalem. As they were walking they were discussing and debating the things of the last fews days, probably trying to make “sense” of things that had transpired. While they walked and debated, Jesus joined them, but He was in a form not familiar to them. Specifically their “eyes” did not know Him. I have always read this verse and implied that God was the one Who was holding their eyes from recognizing Jesus, and even some versions say that. But upon greater meditation I have found that what was holding them back was their own heart. You see, when Jesus expounded the scriptures to them of Himself and then broke bread with them, their eyes were immediately opened. Only when we see Jesus through and as “The Word” and then fellowship with Him in intimate communion, can we actually recognize Him. Only when we see Him with our hearts through revelation, can we actually know the real and visible person of Salvation. This is contrary to how many Christians desire for their experience to go. Many want to see the miraculous and physical truths before the intimate and revelatory ones. This is not the Lord’s preferred way. GOD’S WORD® Translation says, “Although they saw him, they didn’t recognize him.” Recognizing Jesus comes from knowing Him through the heart. This is how you also will be able to see and know which of the people you spend time with, actually know Him as well. When Jesus lives in a person, their life is transformed into another form. They take on the nature and character of the One who is transforming them. Beloved, today, allow the risen Jesus and His resurrection power to radically and eternally transform you into the reflection of His grace and love. When you know Him from the heart, it changes your heart!
And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?