No, it’s not a new sequel film, but a strange coincidence. What happened on the Emmaus road is explained very neatly by Nanny McPhee.
That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. (Luke 24:13-16)
These two disciples had left all the others in Jerusalem (and missed out on the news of Jesus’ resurrection), and set off home. Why did Jesus come to them?
So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24:28-31)
In between these two quotes from Luke 24, Jesus explained the correct perspective on all that had happened, including the scripture references that spoke of him. Why did Jesus leave them?
The answer is found in the 2005 film Nanny McPhee, written by and starring Emma Thompson, about a magical nanny who comes to help a widower and his unruly seven children. At the beginning, the children want her to go away and leave them alone, but at the end, they want her to stay. This is what she says:
There is something you should understand about the way I work. When you need me but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go. It’s rather sad, really, but there it is.
[With thanks to Thomas Rees at Pantygwydr Baptist Church]
Ann Marie Thomas is the author of three medieval history books, a surprisingly cheerful poetry collection about her 2010 stroke, and the science fiction series Flight of the Kestrel. Book one, Intruders, is out now. Find out more at www.annmariethomas.me.uk