Paul was a Jew by birth, a Greek by speech, a Roman by citizenship, a lawyer by training, a tentmaker by trade, and an apostle by the grace of God.
Report or Reality?
But him they saw not.
The Emmaus disciples had the testimony of the women, the angels and other disciples, but, like these other disciples, they had not seen the risen Lord Himself to know Him. Something had happened. Jesus was not in the grave. But they had not seen Him.
There is a lot of talk about the resurrection that gets no farther than that. Something happened. The grave is empty. But there is lacking the vibrant witness, “We have seen the Lord!”
Much is said about the return of Christ that lacks the warmth of His person. We discuss the program of events, what is going to happen, “but him we see not.”
That goes for all the great truths about Him. We tell what others have said. We discuss the matter. But Him we see not. Our eyes are holden. A few minutes later these Emmaus disciples were not like the same persons. They had a glowing testimony, and as they related it He appeared again! His resurrection was no longer a Report but a Reality!