And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:7
Imagine the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They grew up believing in a system, the Law of Moses, but lived under yet another system, Roman law. They followed Christ, believing he would over rule Rome and establish the rule of Israel under Mosaic Law.
Then, in one day that dream, that hope came to a hanging hault. It seemed it was all over. And on that road, these two men walked exactly as Jesus hoped they would – empty. Hopes buried in a tomb, ideology smashed by current events, they were truly vulnerable.
Jesus came right up alongside them, probing them and preparing them for the scandal of grace. Jesus message before the cross was aligned with “You shall…” He said it like this, “you have heard it said…” Jesus lived under the Law that he might fulfill the Law, so that he could bring about a scandal – grace through faith alone.
“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” (Luke 24:7) Jesus very first teaching after the cross was not about, “you shall…,” or, “you have heard it said…” It was concerning himself. From page one to the end of the scriptures, Jesus laid out everything they thought they understood, everything they had grown up with, their culture, way of life, and societal belief structure and scandalously upended it with “things concerning himself.”
This scandalous message caused a fire in these men who later testified, “They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32)
I mean, think about it… They would ask, “what about the Sabbath?” And now the answer they had been given? “Jesus.” “What about the ten commandments?” And now the answer they had been given? “Jesus.” “What about our doing, our obedience?” And now the answer they had been given? “Jesus.” What about we loving God?” And now the answer they had been given? “Jesus.”
You can imagine the scandalous fire this ignited within them! They had been told by the one who fulfilled the Law things concerning himself – not things concerning them. Why? Jesus, the one speaking, had done it all. There was nothing left for them to do, he had done it all. It was left to them to believe it.
Jesus message, the gospel of grace – this scandalous teaching is still the same today. Jesus has done for us what we could never do of our own. It is left to us to believe.
And what of those who believe? Like the two men on that road to Emmaus, and eventually the others (over 500), they were given the same scandalous message: “it is finished,” and they believed. They found wholeness, healing, purpose, and abundant life. They received the indwelling and filling of the Holy Spirit and turned the world upside down. All with one simple message, the scandalous gospel of God’s amazing grace.
Do you believe?