One of Jesus’ first encounters after resurrection began in incognito fashion with two of His disciples on a road leading to Emmaus. During the opening exchange the two disciples, still not recognizing Jesus, complained —
21 We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.
They added nothing else to that sentence – to them it was all about Israel.
Jesus responds —
25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?”
He had covered all this before, but He went over it again – patiently –
27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
And this time, the two disciples experienced something —
32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”
Was a wider perspective at last winning its way into their hearts?
An unerringly as a swallow returning to its nest, Jesus returned to the Scriptures and their central theme —
“Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things.” – Luke 24:45-48