Luke

Luke 24:28-45 Jesus Fulfills All The Scriptures.

Jesus had been expounding to the two disciples, from all the scriptures, “the things concerning Himself” (v. 27). Nevertheless, this knowledge of the scriptures did not seem to point them to recognizing who He was. It was only as He took bread and broke and blessed and gave it to them that they finally recognized who He was (vv. 30-31). They acknowledged that their hearts were touched when He was opening the scriptures to them (v. 32). So for realizing who He was and His opening the scriptures to them, they decided to return to Jerusalem and to gather with the eleven (v. 33). There they found the testimony of the gathering that Jesus had indeed risen, having “appeared to Simon” (v. 34)! The two disciples then “told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread” (v. 35). It is not clear why Jesus was only recognized by them with the breaking of bread.

It does seem that the post resurrection Jesus did not appear as He did prior. Even as He joins the disciples gathered He does not seem real to them, for they mistaken Him for a spirit (v. 37). This was even after He said “Peace to you” (v. 36). In response to this He directs them to examine His hands and feet, that however different He was after the resurrection, He still had flesh and bones (vv. 39-40). He also ate with them (vv. 41-43). He also posed two important questions to them. “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts” (v. 38)? Jesus asked these questions, because as He said while with them before, and as He explained to the two along the way, all the scriptures concerning Messiah had to be fulfilled. So once again He repeats this point (v. 44). It is also clear that He had to open their understanding, “that they might comprehend the Scriptures” (v. 45). This sovereign act of God is still required for people to understand.

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