"Why do you seek the living among the dead?” (v5). The women saw the empty tomb and struggled to understand, while the male disciples thought the whole thing was “an idle tale” (v11). They had lived so long with “the dead” – the consequences of sin in the world, the seeming triumph of darkness – that it was hard to believe in Jesus’ resurrection and His victory. The men who walked with the risen Jesus finally recognized him “in the breaking of the bread” (v35).
“And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him” (v31). Jesus knows that the problems of the world sometimes cloud our eyes, yet as we walk with him, he faithfuly makes himself known to us.