Have you ever found something difficult to understand? Long ago, a couple of people were very puzzled. They really couldn't understand it!
(Two people enter, talking to each other and looking miserable.)
I just don't understand it!
What part of it don't you understand? It seems pretty clear to me. We just got it all wrong.
Well, I ask you. First of all we get someone who's a teacher, a preacher, a healer, a brilliant politician – got an answer for all the awkward questions – and a really nice person. Everyone thinks the world of him, cheers him on and tells him he's wonderful... then – WHAM! – they all change their minds and it's 'Kill him, kill him!'
But they didn't all change their minds, did they? Only those who didn't really know him, the ones who'd got caught up in the excitement when he came to Jerusalem.
That's what I mean – all of them going over the top and making such a fuss of him one day, then shouting for his blood the next. I just don't understand it. (sadly) He was such a good man – why couldn't God keep him safe? Why couldn't…
Stranger (catching them up and joining in their conversation)
What's the matter with you two? You look as if your team has just dropped out of the league.
Can't you guess – or have you been in a cave for the past few days? We were friends of Jesus and we really can't believe he's dead. We thought he was going to change everything that was wrong with this country and lead us into a new world. But it all went wrong and now we feel so stupid and let down.
Some of the others are saying that Jesus isn't really dead – his tomb was empty, you know – but we saw him dying on that cross and we know he can't be alive after going through all that.
Oh, but that's silly! You've got it all wrong. You see, God meant this to happen. Don't you remember that the prophets said that an innocent man would suffer to save Israel and that he would rise on the third day? Everything is just as God planned. Listen, I'll explain it all to you…
And for the rest of the journey the stranger did just that.
Eventually they arrived in Emmaus.
Do you know, I think I'm beginning to understand things, at last. Now look, it's getting dark so come and stay with us for the night and we can carry on talking.
(all move over to sit in a corner around a table)
They went indoors and whilst supper was being prepared they talked - and talked – and talked.
Woman (brings in tray with bread, plates, cups and jug; puts it on table where the others are sitting)
Right, that's enough talking for now. Supper's ready.
Stranger (picks up bread and lifts it high in the air)
Blessed be our Father God, who gave us this bread to eat and wine to drink.
(breaks bread into several pieces, puts them on the plate and hands plate around; other two look at each other – shocked – then look back at Jesus)
First and second persons (both speak at once, talking over each other excitedly)
It can't be. It is. Look at the way he held the bread. That was the blessing Jesus always used. It must be him.
(as they rush around Jesus slips quietly away, unnoticed)
First person (looks around)
He's gone! Where is he? I don't believe it, he's gone again.
It doesn't matter, we know he's alive – we've seen him for ourselves. Come on, let's tell the others.
(they rush out together)
And leaving the meal unfinished they hurried through the dark night to share the amazing news with their friends. Jesus was definitely back with them again, and who knew what fantastic things might happen next…