As we previously studied Luke 24:13-27, we “eavesdropped” on a conversation that took place on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the first Resurrection Day. The conversation occurred between two obscure disciples and the risen Christ, though he walked with them incognito. The disciples were forlorn and agitated because Jesus was crucified. So, Jesus explained the plan of God for the Christ found throughout the Old Testament Scriptures. He showed them that the cross did not thwart Kingdom hopes, rather it was the essential prelude to the Kingdom. This is true because Christ vacated the tomb.
In today’s text (Luke 24:28-35), Jesus reveals his identity to these disciples as they enjoy table fellowship. The climax of the passage arrives in v. 32 as the disciples declare, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked with us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” The risen Lord Jesus convinced them from the Scriptures that the crown will certainly follow the cross.