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Foolish and Slow to Believe Everything Said?
Bible Passage Luke 24: 13-27
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books ISAIAH, Luke, Matthew.

Foolish and Slow to Believe Everything Said?

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached April 19, 2022

13 On the same day, two of Jesus’ followers were walking to a village called Emmaus, about 60 stadia from Jerusalem.

14 They were talking with each other about all these things that had taken place.

15 While they were discussing and analyzing what had happened, Jesus himself approached and began to walk with them,

16 but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing with each other as you’re walking along?” They stood still and looked gloomy.

18 The one whose name was Cleopas answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know what happened there in the past few days?”

19 He asked them, “What things?” They answered him, “The events involving Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet, mighty in what he said and did before God and all the people,

20 and how our high priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and had him crucified.

21 But we kept hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel. What is more, this is now the third day since these things occurred.

22 Even some of our women have startled us by what they told us. They were at the tomb early this morning

23 and didn’t find his body there, so they came back and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who were saying that he was alive.

24 Then some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said. However, they didn’t see him.”

25 Then Jesus told them, “O, how foolish you are! How slow you are to believe everything the prophets said!

26 The Messiah had to suffer these things and then enter his glory, didn’t he?”

27 Then, beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them all the passages of Scripture about himself.

In the afternoon of the resurrection, Jesus joined two sorrowful disciples who were walking from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus, but they did not recognize Him (Mark 16:12; Luke 24:13-16 ).

The two disciples were Cleopas (verse 18), and the second possibly Cleopas’s wife.

When they started to explain their sadness, they expressed surprise that their unknown companion (Jesus) had not heard about the crucifixion of Jesus.

We do not know why they did not recognize Jesus because they were close allies to Him. Probably they were not expecting to see Him, and/or they were too sad to look straight at this stranger. Or did Jesus take a new look after the resurrection?

Their understanding of Jesus’ mission was not very clear, for they had hoped He would bring national liberation to Israel; but they believed in Him nevertheless, and they condemned the leaders of the Jews for crucifying Him (Luke 24:17-21).

The travelers discussed with Jesus the first-hand reports they heard from those who saw the empty tomb and heard the angels’ announcements of His resurrection (Luke 24:22-24).

Jesus took the opportunity to give the two disciples a proper understanding of the Messiah and His mission, by referring them to the Scriptures. He showed that the Old Testament consistently pointed to a Saviour-Messiah who had to suffer before He could enter His glory.

Jesus would have used a passage like that of God’s Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53. Israel had thought of itself as this servant. Jesus showed that He was the suffering servant who died on behalf of other people (Isaiah 53:12).

The death and resurrection of Jesus brought to completion the pattern that God had been working through the history of His people (Luke 24:25-27).

🔷 We must use every time to engage in profitable conversation, rather than gossip and quarrel

🔷 The gospel message may appear difficult to our audience, so we need to push on and explain it further so God could open their ‘foolish’ minds and eyes to it

🔷 We must not fear condemning the evils of our leaders


💥 Ask God to open your mind to understand the scriptures
💥 Pray that you will engage only in profitable conversation

When we give attention to understanding the message of God, Jesus Himself through the Holy Spirit will explain the message to us and open our minds to it. It’s better to discuss Jesus and the gospel than to discuss a friend.

In series Bright Morning Reflections