The Seriously Surprising Story

The Seriously Surprising Story

Follow in the footsteps of Jesus’ followers as they travel to Emmaus and get talking to someone who gives them the biggest surprise of all!

A children’s animation that tells the story of meeting the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus. The animation explains how the miracles and the Old Testament point to who Jesus really is.

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Possible discussion questions

What's so surprising about what happened to Jesus after he was crucified?

How surprised would you have been if you'd been there in the room and realised it was really Jesus with you?


Two people moving and marching thinking, head scratching about something BIG that’s just been happening. But on the road to Emmaüs, from Jerusalem way. Two become three as another says ‘Hey!’ Hey!’ says he, you’ve been thinking and head scratching! Has something BIG just been happening?’ You’ve not heard about what’s been happening? All of Jerusalem have been head scratching!’ What have I missed?’ asks the man.

I’d love to know – please tell if you can?’ It’s about a man called Jesus, and we thought he was coming to rescue God’s people, and send the Romans off running! He did and he said, loads of cool stuff from a place up north, called Nazareth. He told great stories, and healed the sick he knew people by name, and what made them tick.’ Remember that wedding? He turned water to wine! Brought his friend back to life, and his friend felt just fine!’ He was sharing and caring, just ask his friend Pete. He walked on the water, with only his feet!’ He said ‘Shush!’ to the storm, and the storm was hushed. He did a miracle with bread, and thousands were stuffed!’ Besides all this, his sermon up a hill had so many stories – super cool and brill!’

I can’t believe it? What a big loss! A man so great, who hung on a cross, and on that cross – that’s where he died! I feel so tied up in knots inside!’ And three days have passed, though it feels more like 70, Cos now we’ve heard that his tomb is empty! That’s right, you heard me! His body has gone! But who’d take his body, he never did wrong?’ You seem confused and out of the picture so let me show you what it says in the Scripture!’ It was always the plan, right from the start. Because Jesus loved you, with all of his heart. He died on the cross, but rose from the tomb! He came back to life, so you can live too!

And as they were moving, and still head scratching, two of them stopped, but the third kept on marching. Hey! Don’t go!…Please?’ the two say, the sun’s gone to bed, so why don‘t you stay?’ Good point’ says the third, ‘Day has turned to night. I’ll stop over with you two, and then grab a bite.’ And as they sit down to eat, they close their eyes, he thanks God for the grub, then – what a surprise!

The two people stare, and then rub their eyes it‘s Jesus, not gone – but fully alive! And before they say ‘Seconds? There’s more bread going round!’ Jesus just vanishes. He cannot be found! The two are left thinking, and really head scratching! They had just been with Jesus, something BIG was happening! We must say we’ve seen Jesus, so tie up your shoes! Quick! To Jerusalem! There’s no time to lose!’ All along it was Jesus, the very same one; They were searching the Scriptures with God’s precious son. It’s the biggest story that’s ever been told About Jesus who’s risen, it never gets old! The two met with Jesus in the most surprising way! They shared the story, and we still share it today.

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