As they traveled, they met a man who seemed to be ignorant of the events of the past few days. When they shared their grief over the death of their Master with the stranger, the man chided them, " O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?" (Luke 24:25-26). The stranger spent the rest of their journey teaching them of the scriptural prophecies of the Messiah, and how the death and resurrection of Jesus fulfilled those prophecies. Somehow, these disciples did not recognize Christ until He ate with them that evening, and as He blessed and broke bread with them as He had at the Last Supper, "their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight" (v. 31).
The two disciples marveled, and immediately returned to Jerusalem, despite the late hour. The next day, presumably, they "found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
The disciples had all fled from Jesus in His hour of need. And yet His first words to them were words of peace and consolation. Though they had not understood His words in life, His first interest was in explaining to them the prophecies fulfilled in Him through His death and new life. And as He sent them out to tell the world the good news of redemption through Him, He promised His disciples that they would be "endued [clothed] with power from on high" (v. 49).
With that power, they were given great promises through their faith. Mark records the Lord's words:
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:15-18).
God be praised for His great love and mercy, and for the matchless gift of the companionship and gifts of the Holy Spirit, bestowed on all who exercise faith in Christ unto repentance!