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April 13, 2023 by Nancy Ruegg
Where might Jesus have spent his first afternoon after the resurrection? With his disciples or family? That would make sense.
But Jesus chose instead to take a solitary walk–on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus–and happened upon Cleopas and an unnamed believer.
They didn’t recognize him; God chose to hide his Son’s identity from them. Almost immediately they began to talk about recent events in Jerusalem: Jesus’ death and resurrection.
The companions explained what they knew and expressed their disappointment in the outcome.
“We thought he’d rescue us from Roman rule and establish the kingdom of God he always talked about,” they confessed. “This morning some women and a few disciples went to his tomb and it was empty, but as far as we know, no one has actually seen him.”
Jesus chided them for focusing solely on the prophecies that presented a reigning Messiah who would overtake Israel’s enemies. He started expounding on other scriptures that foretold a suffering Messiah, who’d come to bear the penalty for humanity’s sins.
And as Jesus spoke, their spiritual eyes were opened to see how each prophecy had been fulfilled in Jesus Christ .
What scriptures did he share? The Bible doesn’t tell us. But perhaps Jesus included such examples as these:
1.“They conspire against me and plot to take my life” (Psalm 31:13b).
Fulfillment: “Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus” (Mark 3:6).
2. “And the Lord said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter’—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord” (Zechariah 11:13).
Fulfillment: Judas was paid thirty pieces of silver to betray Jesus. When he returned it out of remorse, the chief priests used the money to buy a potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners (Matthew 26:14-16; 27:6-10).
3. “Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircle me; they pierce my hands and my feet” (Psalm 22:16).
Fulfillment: Jesus was crucified, his hands and feet nailed to a cross (Matthew 27:35).
4. “They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment” (Psalm 22:18).
Fulfillment: “When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
“‘Let’s not tear it,’ they said to one another. ‘Let’s decide by lot who will get it.’” (John 19:23-24).
5. “All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads” (Psalm 22:7).
Fulfillment: Passersby, Romans soldiers, chief priests, teachers of the law, elders, and even those crucified with him all mocked Jesus (Matthew 27:27-31, 39-44).
6. “They . . . gave me vinegar for my thirst” (Psalm 69:21).
Fulfillment: Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” They dipped a sponge in wine vinegar, put the sponge on a stalk, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips (John 19:28-29).
Of course, the hour or two Jesus discussed prophecies with Cleopas and his companion wasn’t nearly enough time to cover them all. The Old Testament contains over 300 passages about him, revealing at least 48 details about his life, death, and resurrection .
But the evidence the men heard was enough to prompt this passionate response: “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us” ?
Some have called their reaction holy heartburn!
Have you too felt your heart strangely warmed ?
As I’ve reviewed just these six prophecies listed above, my heart responded with the warm glow of wonder and worship. Only God could weave together so many precise circumstances into one Life—a Life that has defeated death for all who believe in him!
May such truths create a fire of devotion within us—holy heartburn that will warm and delight forever!
 Luke 24:13-32
 A recommended resource for more thorough study: The Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy, edited by Michael Reidelnik and Edwin Blum.
 Luke 24:32 NIV
 That was the description evangelist and theologian John Wesley gave of his spiritual encounter with Jesus (https://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1701-1800/john-wesleys-heart-strangely-warmed-11630227.html).
Art & photo credits: “The Pilgrims of Emmaus on the Road,” by James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum; http://www.freebibleimages.org (4).
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To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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Okay, God bless you.