John Gill's Exposition on the Bible describes Emmaus as, "a place of pleasant waters...a beautiful habitation." Emmaus is mention in the Gospel of Luke. Gill states that is it mentioned, "not because it was a place of note, but for the certainty of the fact. It was now but a village, having been burnt since the death of Herod the Great [Herod died in 4 B.C.E], by the order of Varus, the Roman governors, though it afterwards [after the recorded Gospel] became a considerable city."
The Gospel of Luke tells the story of two disciples walking to the village of Emmaus, which was just a few miles outside of Jerusalem. Here is the story as recorded in the bible (NIV):
On the Road to Emmaus
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.” He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
Emmaus, an ecumenical Christian group, meets bi-monthly (Wednesdays from 5:45pm - 7:00pm in Upper Fellowship Hall) to journey together as students of faith in the Warren Wilson Community. A delicious, home-cooked meal provided by members of supporting faith communities is followed by a Bible study, worship, topical discussion and/or conversation about what is means to be a follower of Jesus in today’s world. Emmaus is also an intentional Christian community that seeks to engage the community both on and around Warren Wilson. The Emmausgroup helps to organize Christian events and Christian outreach on campus and inform the student body about Christian events happening in the area. The group is informal and inclusive - a space where students can speak honestly and raise any questions or issues and be supported on their journeys. All are welcome!
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