They had had enough.
It was all too dangerous.
So Cleopas and whoever was with him were heading home.
As they walked along full of questions and grief and wondering what had happened and why they were joined by a stranger.
On the mountain with the transfigured Jesus, and Moses and Elijah, God speaks to three disciples, Peter, James and John. Then Jesus tells them to 'get up, and don't be afraid!' Is that our response when we encounter God?