Luke 24:29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.
On the road to Emmaus, the disciples didn’t see Jesus for who He was. Even after He had opened up the Scriptures to them as an ongoing story concerning Himself, they didn’t realize who was in their presence. They were intrigued, maybe even amazed by His brilliance, but they did not yet see Him as the Christ because their eyes were still closed.
As they came upon their destination, Jesus acted like He was going to keep walking (knowing full well what was going to happen). The disciples invited Him to come along with them. They wanted to know more. They wanted to spend more time with this man. Only after this invitation were their eyes opened. All that they knew in their heads became real finally when it hit them that they were talking with the Christ all that time on the road. He became more than they had ever expected.
The journey of a disciple requires an invitation to Jesus. This doesn’t mean salvation, because He does the inviting in our hearts and we respond. This is an invitation for Him to join us along the road as we travel into spiritual maturity. We can’t understand it all on our own, we need Him walking with us. As the disciples headed to Emmaus saw, Jesus is more than willing to accept and open up our eyes.