After Jesus joined Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus, He asked what they were talking about and why they were so sad. Surprised that He hadn’t heard the news, Cleopas asked, “Don’t you know what has happened?”
Then they proceeded to tell Him all about the great prophet Jesus, how the Jewish leaders had delivered Him to death, and how disappointed they were because they had believed that Jesus would redeem Israel. But there was more. Certain women had told them that angels had appeared and that Jesus' tomb was now empty just three days after the burial!
Jesus listened to all they had to say then rebuked them for being slow to believe, and began to teach them from the scriptures all things pertaining to Christ.
Throughout this entire encounter Cleopas and his companion never suspected that they were being taught by the Savior himself for they did not recognize Him. But they were touched by what He taught and when they reached their destination, they didn’t want the stranger to leave and asked Jesus to stay with them. As they ate supper, he took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. Obviously this was either a sacrament or sacramental symbolism, and we are told that as the two partook, their “eyes were opened, and they knew him” (Luke 24:31).
There are several lessons in this story for me. One is that if we too are eager to learn of Christ and stay close to those who are teaching us of Him, He will someday be revealed to us. Another lesson I learn is that the sacrament is one of the ways we come to know the Savior. The Sacrament can open our eyes, also, if when we partake of it we are worthy and are thinking of Him.