Key Verse: “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:27
The walk to Emmaus for the two disciples became more than just a physical journey, but also a spiritual journey. Luke 24 describes the two disciples who, after the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord, walked seven miles from Jerusalem to their village of Emmaus. But, it also outlines for us the spiritual journey that we must each take from not recognizing Jesus, to understanding what the Bible says about Him, to acknowledging Him for who He truly is, and finally sharing what we have experienced with others.
Luke 24:27 says, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”
How I would have loved to be part of that conversation. We do not know what passages Jesus used, but we know He taught them the Scriptures and showed how all the Old Testament pointed to Him.
Possibly Jesus began at the beginning with Genesis 3:15, where God cursed the serpent saying, “I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. And He will crush your head and you will strike His heel.” or with his recent trial reading Isaiah 53:7 says: “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”
All we really know is that he explained Scripture to show who He was, why He had come, and why it was necessary. Jesus wanted them to recognize that all that had happened was in accordance with Scripture and God’s eternal plan.
For the remained of this month (April 2017), we will look at what the Old Testament says about Jesus, in a hope to have a glimpse of what that conversation on the Road to Emmaus may have been like.
Adrian Rogers wrote in ‘A Portrait of Christ’
- Christ is the Seed of woman and in Genesis 3:15 we are told He will one day crush Satan.
- In Exodus we find the story of the Passover Lamb, and Christ is the sacrificial Lamb given for us.
- In Leviticus we read of the high priests making sacrifices for the people, and Christ has become our High Priest, making the perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins.
- In Deuteronomy Moses prophesied of a prophet who would come that would be greater than Himself. Jesus is that Great Prophet.
- In the book of Joshua, Joshua met the Captain of the Lord’s host. That man is Jesus Christ.
- In Judges, the leaders were judges who delivered God’s people, each of them typifying the Lord Jesus.
- Boaz, the kinsman who redeemed Ruth’s inheritance, is a picture of Christ.
- David, the anointed one, pictures Jesus and Jesus is described as being the Son of David.
- In 2 Samuel when the king is being enthroned, the entire scene is descriptive of the Lord Jesus.
- The books of Kings speak of the glory of God filling the temple and the Chronicles describe the glorious coming king, both referring to Jesus, the King of Kings.
- Ezra depicts Jesus as the Lord of our fathers.
- Job says clearly that the Redeemer is coming!
- Esther offers a picture of Christ interceding for His people.
- Christ appears time after time in the Psalms, including when David describes Him as “the Shepherd.”
- Isaiah details His glorious birth.
- Jeremiah reveals that He will be acquainted with sorrows.
- Joel describes Him as the Hope of His people.
- Amos tells us that Jesus is the judge of all nations.
- Obadiah warns of the coming eternal kingdom.
- Jonah offers a picture of Jesus being dead for three days, then coming back to life to preach repentance.
- Zephaniah says that He will be the king over Israel.
- Zachariah is the prophet who speaks of Jesus riding on a colt.
- Malachi is the one who calls Him the Son of Righteousness.