One Sunday morning in April, 2007, I was watching a devotional on BYU-TV. I do not remember the name of the speaker, but he gave a beautiful summary of the experience of the two disciples that had the miraculous experience of being taught by the resurrected Savior as they walked the road to Emmaus. I was extremely touched by the review of this familiar story as I never had been before and I went to the scriptures and read over and over the story in Luke chapter 24. The scriptures tell us the name of only one of the disciples—Cleopas.
I began to wonder what Cleopas might say to us if he could tell us today of this sacred experience. And then, of course, I sat down at the piano. Most of this song was created in the couple of hours that followed. I remember tears streaming down my cheeks during portions of that creation process, as my heart “burned within me” and I realized that my testimony of the reality of the resurrection was greatly strengthened. I hope I can meet Cleopas somewhere in the next life and thank him for how his testimony touched mine that day.
Cleopas (Luke 24:13-35) By Michael D. Squires
My name is Cleopas. We walked the road to Emmaus, Discussing the events of this day, When a traveler crossed our way. As he walked this road with us, We told him of this Jesus, How he was mocked and crucified, But now some say he had been raised. Then the stranger began to teach us, And as his spirit began to reach us. We had to stop along the way, So we begged for him to stay. Then he broke and blessed the bread for us, And then it hit us like an angel’s chorus, This was the very man that would restore us; And then he vanished from before us. Did not our heart burn within us? While he opened the scriptures to us? And while he talked with us by the way, Did we not feel the power of this day? …On the road to Emmaus. I know he lives, he spoke to us, And I have seen him in the flesh. But what of you, in your day? Do you know the price he paid? Have you struggled for the words to say When you have knelt to pray? If he were here speaking by your side, Would not your feelings be intensified? Would not your heart burn within you, While he opened the scriptures to you? And while he talked with you by the way, Could you feel the power of this day? …On your road to Emmaus. Did not our heart burn within us While he opened the scriptures to us? I can give to you my witness That he lives and that he loves us. But you must walk your own road to Emmaus. My name is Cleopas. And he walked with me to Emmaus...
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