“Then their eyes
They recognized Jesus.
From their sight.”
αὐτῶν δὲ διηνοίχθησαν οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ, καὶ ἐπέγνωσαν αὐτόν· καὶ αὐτὸς ἄφαντος ἐγένετο ἀπ’ αὐτῶν.
Luke uniquely said that their eyes were fully opened (αὐτῶν δὲ διηνοίχθησαν οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ). They recognized and knew Jesus (καὶ ἐπέγνωσαν αὐτόν). However, he vanished from their sight (καὶ αὐτὸς ἄφαντος ἐγένετο ἀπ’ αὐτῶν), once they realized who he was. Luke has this unique Greek word, ἄφαντος that means invisible, disappearing, or hidden. With their own eyes, these two disciples knew that this man was Jesus himself. During the breaking and the blessing of the bread in this fellowship meal, they had come to understand that Jesus himself was actually with them. Once this happened, Jesus was gone or disappeared. Luke was the only canonical gospel writer who had this story about the two disciples in Emmaus with Jesus. Do you think that Jesus can disappear?