‘But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; He will surely take me to himself.’ Psalm 49:15
To these two men Jesus had been a great prophet, powerful in word and deed. They even had thought He might be the Messiah Who was going to redeem Israel from the Roman domination. But everything had run aground. Jesus had suffered the shameful death on the cross because of His idealism. And now everything was lost.
Oh, there were some women, besides themselves with grief, who claimed they had seen angels who had said that Jesus was alive. And on top of that, the tomb was empty! Who could have taken Him? Who were those grave robbers?!
And what are our thoughts about the resurrection? Is it a story that has been ingrained in us since childhood and has gotten its traditional place next to the painting of Easter eggs?
Then Jesus says also to us, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!’
For Who or What is Jesus, if He is only the miracle worker and the man of the parables? How many idealists were crucified by the Romans in those days because of their ideals? But the prophets had said more of the Messiah than only that He would do good and speak beautiful words. Centuries before Jesus was born, the prophets had seen from afar that He would conquer death!
Yes, Jesus was crucified, everyone had shouted, ‘Take him away! Crucify him!’ But after three days the tomb broke open, and the soldiers, who were to guard the tomb, fled for Him Who by His resurrection from the death proved to be Son of God in power (Romans 1:4).
Does not our heart grow to burn within us when He talks with us on the road and opens the Scriptures to us?