As two of Jesus’s followers were conversing together while walking to Emmaus, which is about seven miles from Jerusalem, Jesus encountered and dialogued with them, but they were kept from recognizing him. On this journey he opened their eyes to understand in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. The suffering and glory of Christ were foretold and foreshadowed in the Scriptures, revealing the sovereign will of God in his death and resurrection. Jesus’s death and resurrection are at the center of God’s plan for redeeming his people, and the world.
The prophets foretold of a son of David who would come to reign not only over Israel, but all nations. He would be born in Bethlehem, grow up in anonymity, be full of the Holy Spirit, do miraculous signs, come to his people humble, riding on a donkey, die for sin, rise victorious, and reign forever.
Lord Jesus, we acknowledge that all God spoke through his prophets has come true in you.
Satan is alive and well, my friend. And he wants to wipe out your worship of God. Most folks can’t be hoodwinked into worshipping Satan directly, but people throughout the world worship him indirectly when they bow to the idol of “self” – by trying to worship “their way.” They add insult to injury when they seek to enforce “their way.” Like Cain, they do permanent harm to innocent people.
~ Vernon Whaley, Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God’s Call. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2009. p. 3
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
The Messiah’s Suffering and Glory, Luke 24.13-35
Whaley, Called to Worship