The event you are referring to occurred on the same day the Lord Jesus rose from the dead after His crucifixion. (Read Luke 24:1).  Now let’s read about that important event and see if we can answer your good question. 

Luke 24:13-16 says, “And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.”  These two were returning from Jerusalem to Emmaus.  They were talking about the events that had recently happened.  As we read further, we will see thy were discussing the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus.  As they walked and talked, the Lord Himself caught up with them and began talking with them. 

The Lord Jesus certainly has a way of speaking to us and drawing out our hearts to speak to Him frankly and honestly.  We read in verses 17-21, “And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.”  Not knowing they were actually speaking to the Lord Jesus, the questions the Lord asked of them caused them to speak of Him, but it also caused them to speak of their disappointment.  They believed that Jesus was the redeemer, but since His death, their faith was tremendously challenged. 

After listening to them, the Lord chastised them mildly, as we read in verses 25-27, “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”  Using the Old Testament scriptures, the Lord showed this pair how that it was written that Christ would die and be raised again.  How precious it is to know that from Genesis to Revelation, the Word of God speaks of the Lord Jesus and His wonderful work of salvation for us. 

As they approached Emmaus, the Lord acted as if He would continue on in His travels, but the pair asked Him to stay and eat with them.  We then read in verses 30-32, “And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”  They recognized the Lord when he sat to eat with them.  The Lord took the role as the head of the home as He took bread, broke it, and blessed it.  Indeed, that was the normal act of the host…the head of the home.  How good it is when we give over our homes to the Lord and allow Him to be the head!  Perhaps when the Lord broke the bread and reached out to hand it to them, they saw the wounds in His hands and realized who it was in their presence.  Upon recognizing the Lord, their hearts turned from sorrow to joy!  They couldn’t wait to tell others!

I wanted to give a brief overview of this event before answering your question.  I wanted to impress upon us all how exciting and wonderful this event was.  The Lord will always reveal Himself to us when we urge Him to be in our presence.  He delights to be with us and take His rightful place as the Head.

Now, were these two people man and wife?  Although we cannot say with certainty, it is very possible they were.  John 19:25 tells us, “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.”  As the Lord suffered on the cross, we are told of these four ladies who witnessed His death.  “Mary the wife of Cleophas” was there!  We are told in Luke 24:18 that the name of one of the pair on the road to Emmaus was Cleopas.  This could have possibly been the Cleophas that was the husband of Mary.  We cannot emphatically say that it was, but there is certainly the possibility.  It is nice to think that it was a husband and wife duo that walked with the Lord and welcomed Him into their home.  I trust that you have welcomed the Lord into your home and have allowed Him to be the head!  (CC)  (558.6)