Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Luke 24:26 NABRE
Two people are leaving Jerusalem and heading home to Emmaus after the Passover celebration. They are dejected because they were followers of Jesus who they witnessed put to death. They have heard that some of the women went to the tomb and found it empty. On their journey a stranger joins them who we later learn is Jesus, but is unknown to these two. As they were walking and speaking to this stranger they were surprised that this stranger did not know of the things that had happened over the Passover weekend and they explain to him the events. But they leave not understanding the events that have taking place; they lack faith and don’t understand that Jesus is alive, risen from the dead. So the roles reverse and the stranger who seemed to know nothing now informs the two of what has been prophesized. The stranger begins to interpret the scriptures, particularly the things about Jesus in all the scriptures. He challenges them for being slow of heart to believe Scripture, if they truly believed all that the prophets spoke, then they would have believed what the women spoke. Regarding Jesus’ mission, the crucifixion should not have made them lose hope since, in accord with God’s biblical plan, it was necessary that Jesus should suffer and die before rising to his glory. Regarding Jesus’ identity we hear Jesus is not only a prophet but the Messiah.
Before Easter Jesus spoke of dying and rising, so the events of Easter should not be a surprise. Yet, no one was waiting for Jesus to rise. In fact finding the tomb empty it is believed that His body was stolen. However, through the Spirit many came to believe, including these two dejected strangers.
Would you have believed Jesus could rise? What is your faith about Easter?Before Easter Jesus spoke of dying and rising, so the events of Easter should not be a surprise. Yet, no one was waiting for Jesus to rise. However, through the Spirit many came to believe. Click To Tweet
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