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Luke 24:13-35 : The Road to Emmaus

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13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.

14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?

18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass therein these days?

19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;

23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.

24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.

29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

32 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?

33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,

34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 1540, 2816, 3863, 4735, 4859, 5045, 5405, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 36, 662

Divine Providence 114, 280

Doctrine of the Lord 11, 13, 35

True Christian Religion 128, 262, 777

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 286, 294


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 340, 443, 617, 677, 806, 820, 937

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:



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happened
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came
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eyes
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know
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said
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one
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walk
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stranger
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days
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prophet
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Word
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before
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people
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chief priests
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chief
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Priests
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rulers
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Israel
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Third
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Company
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Us
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early
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Body
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Vision
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angels
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heart
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believe
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spoken
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enter
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Glory
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drew
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Nigh
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evening
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Spent
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sat
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bread
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sight
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hour
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the Lord
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risen
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simon
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breaking
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Commentary

The Road to Emmaus

By Rev. Junchol Lee

Lelio Orsi's painting, Camino de Emaús, is in the National Gallery in London, England.


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Many people know and remember Jesus's resurrection and what preceded it quite well. But what about what practically and realistically happened after that? At the end of Luke's gospel, Luke 24:13-32, there is a story about two disciples walking to the village of Emmaus. They had heard of the resurrection of Jesus, but it is apparent that they did not take the story seriously. Yet Jesus appeared to them and explained the truth of the Word! In a way, this can be a story of our lives...

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Ancient of Days, by William Blake

The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of how to put love into action - is slightly more external, giving love a way to express itself.

When the Bible speaks of "Jehovah," it is representing that inmost love that is the essence of the Lord. That love is one, whole and complete in itself, and Jehovah also is one, a name applied only to the Lord. Wisdom, however, is expressed in a great variety of thoughts and ideas, what the Writings collectively call divine truth. There are also many imaginary gods, and sometimes angels and people can be called gods (the Lord said Moses would be as a god to Aaron). So when the Bible calls the Lord "God," it is in most cases referring to divine truth.

In other cases, "God" has reference to what is called the divine human. The case there is this:

As human beings, we cannot engage the Lord directly as divine love. It is too powerful and too pure. Instead, we have to approach Him by understanding Him through divine truth. Divine truth, then, is the Lord in human form, a form we can approach and understand. Thus "God" is also used in reference to this human aspect, because it is an expression of truth.

(References: Apocalypse Revealed 21; Arcana Coelestia 300, 391, 624, 2001, 2769, 2807 [2], 4287 [4], 6905, 7268, 10154)


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