In this lesson, we will be exploring the Bible lesson of “The Road to Emmaus” found in Luke 24:13-35. The Road to Emmaus is a powerful biblical account of a journey taken by two of Jesus’ disciples, following His death and resurrection. During their journey, Jesus came to them and explained the Old Testament scripture to open their eyes to His identity.
- All Scripture teaches about Jesus
- Trust that God will do what He says
- We need God to open our eyes
Lesson Guide – The Road to Emmaus
Look at some art that is more abstract or have your child draw a picture to discuss. Talk about some of the ways that the artist used creativity to represent something—such as grass being represented by a smudge of green rather than individually drawn blades, or a yellow crayon drawing hair rather than a mixture of colours.
Next play a game with shadows. Use a flashlight and some objects to cast a shadow onto the wall. Ask the child to guess what item you are holding.
Now, talk about how Jesus spoke to the two men using the Scriptures to teach them about Himself.
Show a Bible to your child and explain it have two sections. The Old and the New Testament. The Old Testament covered before Jesus was born in Bethlehem and the New Testament covers Jesus’ life on Earth and the early church.
Explain that many stories in the Old Testament are pictures of Christ. Much like the green smudge or shadows (or example you chose), point out that pictures might not have every aspect of Jesus’s life, but teach about Him all the same. Discuss some Old Testament stories (Abraham and Isaac, the Ark, the blood on the doorposts during the Passover).
Talk about ways that these stories are representative of Jesus. Think about other stories. You may choose to challenge your children to name as many as they can in a set amount of time. For younger children, you may tell them the story and ask them to guess in what way the story resembles Christ.
The two men on the road were sad since they didn’t recognise Jesus and as He taught them. Talk about ways that we fail to see God working in our live.
Take some moment to think and thank God for all He does for us. Pray and ask God to help you see Him more clearly.
Talk about how Jesus told the men they should have believed what the Old Testament prophets said about Him. Jesus pointed out that He did exactly what had been said. Talk about times that God fulfilled what He promised in the Bible. You may point out other examples such as a colourful one that signifies a promise of God (the rainbow) and talk about what promise God is reminding us of with the rainbow.
Remind the Child that God’s Word is true, and that God will always do what He has promised. Show the child the Bible again and explain that we can trust everything from beginning to end.
The Road to Emmaus – Bible story for kids
Games and Activities
Guess the Shadow
One player holds up an object in front of a light source and the other players try to guess what the object is by its shadow. To start the game, the player holding the object should announce the category, such as animals, things around the house, or food items. Then the player will hold the object up to the light and the other players take turns making guesses. If a player guesses correctly, he or she earns a point. If no one guesses the object, the holder can give hints until someone guesses it. Once all the objects have been guessed, the player with the most points win.
Trace around Your Shadow
To complete the activity, children should select a sunny day and stand outside in an open area. Once they have identified the shadow, they can use a piece of chalk to trace around the edge of the shadow. After the outline of the shadow is traced, children can use their creativity to fill in the shadow with colour, patterns, or anything else they can think of.
Guess the picture
Cut out some images from an old magazine or newspaper. Cut each image into smaller shapes and lay flat – Image side facing down.
Have the child turn over one piece at the time and guess the image. Repeat until they guess correctly. Talk about how the Old Testament gives us glimpses of Jesus.
Free Bible Coloring Pages – The Road to Emmaus
The Road to Emmaus Craft
What you need:
- Template pages
- Colouring equipment
What to do:
- Colour the template pages.
- Cut out the people and fold the strip to make a handle.
- Carefully cut the dashed line on the background. Insert strip with people.