Jesus Proves He Is Who He Says He Is

Luke 24:25-27
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Once Jesus had risen, He appeared on the road leading to a village named Emmaus, on which the two people He addresses in this excerpt are also traveling. They don’t recognize Jesus, even though they witnessed His crucifixion, and they proceed to literally tell Jesus about the ordeal they saw Him endure, including the apparent fact that Jesus was missing from the tomb He was buried in.

Once they tell Jesus all of this, He speaks to them firmly, referencing all the prophecies that had been in Jewish tradition for so long. “These prophecies have been around for years–why don’t you believe that they could have at last come true?” He’s saying. “Didn’t all the prophets say the Messiah would have to suffer like that?”

Then, He does something that likely astounds them–He goes back to the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament), as well as back through all of the prophets’ writings contained in the Old Testament, and details each instance the Messiah was spoken of, often in great detail concerning what He would eventually endure. That’s a lot of Scriptural references, and I mean a LOT. But Jesus knows them all, and directly references them back to His own experiences.

In this instance, Jesus is proving to those two people, as well as to all readers of Luke (and the rest of the Bible), that He is who He says He is. He isn’t some random carpenter, an upstart preacher, or a lunatic–He’s the Messiah, Who was foretold many centuries before He came. He knows all the Scriptures because He helped inspire those Scriptures; He knows that what He endured matches Scripture because God the Father planned it that way.

Many people today doubt the Bible because Jesus is so strange a figure to believe in. Do we really believe, historically and scientifically, that this could happen, did happen? So much in the world urges us not to believe. But this one verse, tucked away in the back chapters of Luke, proves over again that Jesus was and is the Messiah–He simply knew too much and was too much not to be.

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