He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Mosesa and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. (Luke 24:25-27)
Have you ever had an experience where things did not turn out as expected? For many, that describes their experience with Jesus and the church. It is not what they expected and they are disappointed and disillusioned.
This is what happened to a couple followers of Jesus. Jesus showed up for them when they did not expect it. The mood was glum and they did not recognize even when he was right there beside them. In one sense the whole world is on the Road to Emmaus. We do not see Jesus as he truly is. God must open our eyes.
Jesus gave them every opportunity to open up to him. They shared with Jesus how they were disappointed. They thought that Jesus would be the Messiah who would restore the glory of Israel and throw off the yoke of Rome. They tried to fit Jesus into their own preconceived ideas. They thought he was the one, but now they are feeling disappointed.
Jesus opened their eyes to who he truly is, not who they thought he was. They did not know the whole story. They thought their would be a crown without a cross, or power without pain. He showed them from the Old Testament how it was necessary for the Messiah to die. The Messiah had to be wounded before he could heal, and suffer before he could save.
Finally it came time for them to part ways. It was at this point they asked Jesus to stay. Jesus drew near to them, but he did not drag them to himself. These two had to take the next step and invite Jesus into their home and their lives.