(18) And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?Luke 24:18-35
Here we see 2 disciples. One of them was named Cleopas. We know that they were on the road to Emmaus. While they were walking Jesus himself comes along side of them. He hears their conversation, which we know at this time was about Jesus’s death and burial. (v.14).
And they talked together of all these things which had happened.Luke 24:14
We know also that Jesus’ identity, in this moment, was supernaturally being concealed from them. Verse 16 tells us that.
But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.Luke 24:16
So, then Jesus asks them, as he often did, a question for which He obviously knew the answer.
And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?Luke 24:17
This is the reason for their questioning back of Jesus. They can’t identify Him in that moment, and this is illustrative of the stage that they were in.
Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?(19) And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:Luke 24:18-19
Notice the confusion here. They called him “Jesus of Nazareth”, not “Jesus Christ”. They called him a “prophet”, not the Messiah. They knew that He was from God at this point, but they were short of saying that He had fulfilled His promise and confirmed His identity as Messiah. They said He was from God, but not that He was God. They were confused as to the meaning of His sacrificial death.
(20) And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
(21) But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.Luke 24:20-21
They were also confused by the happenings at His tomb.
(22) Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
(23) And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
(24) And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.Luke 24:22-24
To summarize what they were saying:
- The women have seen something.
- They saw Jesus body missing.
- They saw the empty tomb.
- They saw angels.
- But then the disciples went to the seplechur and they didn’t see Jesus.
- So, we are confused. We are not sure. We don’t know the point of all of this, and whether He is alive.
Isn’t this where a lot of people are in relation to Jesus’ identity?
- “Sure, He was from God” some say. “Sure, He taught some amazing things, but did He really rise from the dead?
This is where people over the years have made this analogy about Jesus. Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. He claimed that He would rise from the dead. So, He must be one of these four things:
- Liar- He said He was God and He was not.
- Lunatic- He said He was God, and was therefore crazy.
- Legend- Others stole the body and claimed He was God risen from the dead. The problem with this idea is that they all died for this proposition. Thousands believed in the place where it was most easily refuted, and many of them died for that belief as well.
- Lord- He is exactly who He said He was and confirmed it by rising from the dead.
Which one of these is Jesus to you?