Luke 24, Proverbs 30
When the risen Jesus appears to two unnamed disciples, we learn a great deal about the mindset of Jesus’ closest followers in the days immediately following the crucifixion. We learn that Jesus has been demoted in their minds, as we see them call Jesus a “a prophet” (Luke 24:19), while acknowledging Jesus’ seeming failure of meeting the messiah’s job description to “redeem Israel.” (Luke 24:21). Also, either Jesus looked very different in His resurrection body, or these disciples have so thoroughly written Jesus off, they cannot imagine they are talking to their master. Either way, their lack of recognition of Jesus until the very end of their discussion shows yet another example of discipleship failure to perceive God’s work in Jesus, that flowed from a hard heartedness against Jesus’ message about His own necessary death. Let me state it again, the cross wasn’t initially the beginning of the hopes of the early followers of Jesus, but what they saw as the end. These writers convey embarrassing details that implicates all but a few women, who probably had little to fear in showing their devotion to the crucified messiah. Unless we see this, we are unable to grasp just how revolutionary the resurrection is, especially when paired with the crucifixion. Jesus’ rising, and the early church calling this event “Resurrection” was so far off the map of Jesus’ followers, that even when they saw Him face to face, they didn’t notice their Lord. There is the beauty of life in those details. All of the oft-uttered cliches, and poetry in human history, that has sought to testify to how deeply transformative this great event is only scratches the surface of how much this event truly changed our world. I delight in the fact there is always more beauty in this story, now matter how many times I read it.