THE KING WALKS WITH TWO DISCIPLES
 ALL day the disciples had been perplexed with
rumors. Now somebody said that the women
had seen not only an angel, but the Lord himself.
Jesus met them, saying "All hail!"
and they came and held him by the feet and
worshiped him. Then somebody else said
that there had been an earthquake in the middle
of the night, and that the angel of the
Lord had descended from heaven and rolled
back the stone from the door and sat upon it.
The women had seen him, and his face was
like lightning and his raiment white as
Presently it was reported that Mary Magdalene
had seen the Lord. Mary was standing by the door
of the sepulchre weeping, and
as she wept she stooped down and looked into
the sepulchre, and there were two angels sitting,
the one at the head and the other at the
 feet where the body of Jesus had lain. And
they said, "Why do you weep?" and she
answered, "Because they have taken away
my Lord, and I know not where they have laid
him." And when she had thus said she turned
back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not
that it was Jesus. Jesus said, "Why do you
weep? Whom do you seek?" She supposed
that it was the gardener. The morning was
still dark and her eyes were full of tears.
"Sir," she said, speaking to the gardener, "if
thou hast borne him hence, tell me where thou
hast laid him, and I will take him away."
Jesus said, "Mary." She turned and recognized him,
and cried "My Master!" And
Jesus told her not to touch him, but to go
and tell his brethren, the disciples. So she
went in haste and told them as they mourned
and wept. "He is alive," she said. "I have
seen him with my eyes." But even then they
did not believe.
That afternoon two men, one of whom was
named Cleopas, took a long walk. They lived
in a village called Emmaus, half a dozen miles
 out of Jerusalem. They had been in the city
over the sabbath and were returning home.
They may have stood beside the cross; they
may have spent the day with the disciples; all
that we know is that they had been friends
and followers of our Lord. And as they went
they talked together of all these things that
had happened. The sun, which had been
shrouded in darkness on Friday, was now shining
brightly, and all the spring birds were
singing Easter carols in the green trees, and
Easter flowers were shining all along beside
the road. It was a beautiful, glad day. But
the two men did not see the sun; they did
not hear the birds; as for the buds and
blossoms, they might have been briers and brambles,
the men would not have known the
difference. For do you know what they were
doing as they walked between the pleasant
fields? They were both crying. These grown
men were crying as they went so that everybody
who passed them on the way noticed
them. People stopped to look after them and
said: "What has happened? Have they had
 bad news? Are they returning from a funeral?
Why do they cry?"
At last, as they came into the country, and
the city was out of sight behind them, one of
the passers-by spoke to them. "What are you
talking about?" he said, "as ye walk and are
sad?" And Cleopas answered, "You must be
a stranger in Jerusalem. You must have come
to the Passover from a long way off, or you
would not ask. Do you not know the things
that are come to pass then in these days?"
And he said, "What things?" And they said,
"Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a
prophet mighty in deed and word before God
and all the people: and how the chief priests
and our rulers delivered him to be condemned
to death, and have crucified him. We believed
in him with all our hearts. We thought that
he was the Christ, the deliverer of Israel.
But he died and was buried. That was three
days ago. There have been strange things
said to-day. Certain women of our company
went out very early this morning to the sepulchre
and found it empty. They came back
 declaring that they had seen a vision of angels
which said that he was alive. But when some
of the men went they found only the empty
tomb. They saw no angels, neither did they
see the Lord. He was crucified and dead and
buried, and his body has been taken away.
That is all that we know. Do you wonder
that we go home crying as we go?"
As they spoke the stranger walked beside
them, and when the tears came again into
their eyes and voices, he said, "Have you not
read the Bible? Do you not know that the
Christ must suffer all these things? What is
meant by the psalm where it is written, 'They
pierced my hands and my feet?' What is
meant by the chapter in Isaiah where it is
written, 'He is despised and rejected of men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
He was wounded for our transgressions, he
was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement
of our peace was upon him, and with
his stripes we are healed?' " The words which
he said, and the voice in which he spoke,
impressed them deeply. "You thought," he
"that Jesus could not be the Christ, the
Son of God, because he died upon the cross.
But you see that holy men of old time, looking
forward to the time of Christ, saw that he
must be put to death. It has all happened as
the prophets said. Yes, and more also: Christ
dies, but he rises again from the dead." Their
hearts glowed within them as he spoke.
So they drew near to the village where they
lived, and as they came to a parting of the
ways he made as though he would have gone
farther, but they urged him, saying, "Abide
with us; for it is towards evening, and the
day is far spent." And he went in to tarry
with them. And it came time for supper, and
they sat down together, Cleopas and his friend,
and the women and the little children of the
family, and the stranger. They asked the
stranger to say the blessing. And as he said
it he took bread and brake it and gave to them.
And their eyes were opened, and they knew
him. It was the Lord himself! And he vanished
out of their sight.
THE SUPPER AT EMMAUS
Then they rose up immediately and hastened
 back to Jerusalem, but there were no more
tears in their eyes as they ran along the road.
That night the disciples were together with
the doors fast shut, for they were still afraid
of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Only ten of
them were present, for Judas was dead, and
Thomas was so overcome with grief and disappointment
that he stayed by himself, thinking
his own thoughts, asking only to be left
alone. The ten were sitting at the table, having
finished their supper. There was still some
fish on the table, and some honey in the comb.
Peter was talking excitedly. "I have seen
him," he was saying. "He came and spoke to
me. He is alive." Then there was a sound of
hurrying steps upon the stairs, and a quick
knock at the door, and when one said, "Who
is it? what do you want?" a voice said, "This
is Cleopas of Emmaus, with great news. Open
the door." Cleopas and his friend were admitted,
and the door was locked again. And
they told what things were done in the way,
and how he was known of them in breaking
 And as they thus spake,—Cleopas telling
his story, and the ten crying, "He is risen
indeed and hath appeared to Peter,"—Jesus
himself stood in the midst. The doors were
shut, and stayed shut. He had not entered by
the doors. He appeared, as he had vanished
at Emmaus, suddenly, out of the air. "Peace
be unto you," he said. But they were terrified
and affrighted, supposing that they had seen a
spirit. And he showed them his hands and
his feet, with the marks of the nails, and taking
fish and honey ate before them to make
them know then that it was indeed himself.
"Peace be unto you," he said again; "as my
Father hath sent me, even so send I you."
There he stood, in their sight, the risen Lord.
He who had died was now alive.
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