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Road to Emmaus

Video Clip suggestions:

The Messiah Comes! from Nest Nest Learning . com

Chapters: Cleopas, Prophecies, Cleansing Temple, Sanhedrin Debate, Nicodemus, Miracle Bethesda Pool, Parable Wicked Husbandmen, Road to Emmaus. Animated, 30 minutes.

The Miracle Maker, Noah's Ark Distribution, 2000, DVD, ISBN: 8015408792.

Jesus seen through the eyes of a child, Tamar, in state-of-the-art 3D animation. Covers several segments of Jesus life from when he started teaching until his ascension. Near end of movie the two men burst in to tell the others they saw Jesus on the Road to Emmaus, as they retell the story it reverts to cartoon animation from the 3D. (87 minutes).

Differences in scenes between the above two videos:

  • In the "Miracle Maker", Jesus raises his hands and blesses the bread.
  • In the "Messiah Comes", Jesus just breaks the bread and hands it to the other two.
  • Each of the above videos only has a segment on this story, but in both the two men meet Jesus on the road, talk to him, and have a meal with him.

I thought the "Jesus" video, which is from Luke might cover it, but the two men only mention they saw Jesus on the Road to the others, you don't see it happen.

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For our video workshop in the Emmaus Road Rotation we used a portion of the "Road to Emmaus Movie" (Vision Video)

"ROAD TO EMMAUS" Video (2010)

They've posted the entire video in high resolution for free on Youtube. See my review and notes below.

If you don't have an internet connection in your classroom, you can download the video using the free service at and play it on your laptop connected to a projector. [You may wish to check out this post How to Download Videos from YouTube and view them offline created at a later date.]

Jesus is portrayed by Bruce Marciano -of the Visual Bible's "Matthew" video fame, but this is NEW content, not a rehash of the Matthew video. It is an extended new presentation about the Road to Emmaus. Jesus (Bruce) explains the variety of scriptures alluded to in the biblical story itself --so that's interesting.

Good "as is" for youth and adults. I'm a Bruce~Jesus fan, but this video's "Jesus explaining himself" content is too long for younger children, Use's outline of the movie to know what to skip.

The opening and closing are particularly good. The long middle section of Jesus "explaining the scriptures" needs to be condensed or summarized off screen. In the OUTLINE to the ROAD TO EMMAUS MOVIE, there is a 7 minute section suggested to be skipped if you are short on time or have younger students. Other things can be zipped through if you have less time.

Editorial Aside:
It's a bit unfortunate but a great teaching opportunity that the producers of the movie chose to depict both disciples as men --when the scripture pointedly does NOT identify who the second disciple was.

In the early Church, tradition and various texts suggested that Cleopas was related to Jesus, perhaps his uncle --i.e. Mother Mary's brother. Tradition and texts also indicate that several of the disciples, like "James the Lesser," were Cleopas' sons or related in some fashion. This means some of the disciples were Jesus' cousins. We know that women traveled with Jesus and the disciples. so it is entirely possible that the unnamed disciples is Cleopas' wife (Jesus' aunt). Women often traveled with their husbands for holy days. We also know that Jesus spoke directly to women in his ministry (something radical in those days) and that the early church in Acts and surrounding Paul had many named female disciples. Why did the disciple go unnamed? Perhaps that detail was lost to Luke, or irrelevant, or a great way to imagine yourself in that disciples' sandals.

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Maureen is absolutely correct about the Road to Emmaus movie! It's good and it's so nice to have something "live" for older kids and youth, rather than always showing something animated.  That said, I can't help but think that Bruce Marciano (Jesus) in this movie looks a little bit like Steve Carell in Evan Almighty.


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This is our video lesson using the DVD "Road to Emmaus". I can't claim that it's original - I can't remember what I drew on when creating it. But it might be a starting point for someone.

Road to Emmaus

Video Workshop Sketch


  • Road to Emmaus DVD (Vision Video)
  • Popcorn, cups, bowls, pitchers of water
  • I Spy books (for use if there’s time left at the end)

You can buy the individual Road to Emmaus DVD from

The full length version can also be previewed on YouTube at

Lesson Sketch

  1. Review the focus verse and its meaning and connection to Easter. Use an activity if desired.
  2. Review the biblical account we are studying this month. Explain what the DVD is all about.
  3. Hand out the popcorn, water
  4. Show the DVD.

Questions for Reflection: (print the questions out and tape to the bottom of chairs in the TV room – get the children to look under their chairs when it comes time to answer; each child can read the question and answer or pass to the next person)

Pretend that you were one of the two disciples talking over troubling events or dashed hopes in your life. What would you be talking about today that has thrown you into confusion?

What do you understand better about Jesus after watching the movie?

If you were asking people today what they would be looking for in a Messiah, what might you hear?

After seeing the movie, how would you explain to someone why Jesus had to suffer and die?

If you were one of the disciples on the road talking with Jesus right now, what would you still want to ask him?

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Originally Posted by Maureen Lefebvre:

This is our video lesson using the DVD "Road to Emmaus". ......

Thanks for posting your lesson Maureen!

I have attached my OUTLINE to the Road to Emmaus video.Road to Emmaus

With 30 minutes of Jesus mostly talking to two guys, it runs a little long for some kids. In my attached outline, I suggest a 7 minute section to skip.

Updated: Thanks to Luanne who added the ten chapter notations to the outline.

Misc Notes:

You can buy the individual Road to Emmaus DVD from

The full length version can also be previewed on YouTube at

This video features Bruce Marciano as Jesus, the same guy who did the Visual Bible's "Matthew" video. This is not a re-edit of that movie.




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Thanks for posting Maureen!

YouTube Cartoon Opener for Road to Emmaus

I found a cute animated video on YouTube. It's short (1:53 min) written, recorded, & animated for the kids in Adventureland at Cibolo Creek Community Church by Jared Chapman.  

Good for young kids.

I was thinking it would make a great lesson or rotation opener - afterwards ask them, " I wonder what exactly did Jesus tell them on the road?  Let's find out . . .

Link -


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For little ones

Bedbug Bible Gang:
Nifty New Testament Stories (3 DVD Collection), Vision Video.  

Three 23-minute episodes with three stories each.  Recommended for ages 3-8.

 3 DVDs included, they are:

 Hey, That's God! features:

  • The Centurion Sees
  • Road To Emmaus
  • Doubting Thomas

 Bundle of Bucks features:

  • The Greedy Farmer
  • One Rich Guy and A Needle's Eye
  • Parable of the Ten Talents

Positively Peter features:

  • Peter's Problem
  • Peter's Commission
  • Tabitha

These video's have older style animation, but are really well done for little ones as they are: short, interactive, and have a fun simple song for each story.  

 Their layouts are similar on all DVDs, so check out the "Bedbug Bible Game - Easter Party" breakdown here (which also by the way includes the Doubting Thomas story included above).


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Illustrations of the road to Emmaus from the Annie Vallotton Bible Illustrations Collection


in Luke 24, two disciples are joined by Jesus on the road to Emmaus.


Jesus joins them for a meal when they arrive in Emmaus; they recognize him when he breaks the bread.

  Link to larger and higher resolution versions of the Vallotton illustrations and color background options as well in our Vallotton Bible Images Forum (Supporting Membership required, become one today). Copyright and usage information here.

A way for the students to illustrate the story themselves, check out the lesson

Jesus' Resurrection - A/V - Video Workshop written by Catherine from Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church.

Summary of Lesson Activities: Children will create illustrations on transparencies, for the story from Luke 24 (includes Road to Emmaus). These will be shown to the class using an overhead projector.


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Superbook's Road to Emmaus retelling is part of Season 5's Episode 512 titled "Doubting Thomas."

The full video is 25 minutes, the portion about Emmaus is just under 4 minutes.

View it at the Superbook video website,  Free registration required. Portions of Episode 512 can be seen in various clips on YouTube.

Link to a brief summary of what's in the episode.


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Crossroads Church puts out nice videos that any church can use. This one about the Road to Emmaus (seen below)features one of their energetic teachers introducing and explaining the story of the Road to Emmaus using the Saddleback Kid's Road to Emmaus animated story which we linked to in a previous post above. Here's the link to just the animated portion.

This video is rich in life application, including a very nice explanation of humility and the practice of "inviting Jesus into your life every day."

This 4 minute video clip is from HBO/BBC's production titled "The Passion" (not the one with Mel Gibson). It is well done and kind of fascinating. The actor portraying Jesus in the series is NOT the one who first shows up as the stranger along the Road to Emmaus. It's another actor previously unseen in the series. In that way, like Cleopas and his friend, WE don't realize it is Jesus talking until our eyes are opened during the breaking of the bread scene when the actor portraying Jesus shows up!  (You'd know this if you'd seen the whole series, which I recommend you do, it's really good).

I actually posted a LONGER clip from the movie on my YouTube channel (seen below) that includes scenes from the films' Resurrrection Appearances and then this Road to Emmaus story.  I wish HBO would release the film! I found my copy on a UK site.


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