And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” —Luke 24:32
They, like so many others, walked away disappointed, sad to see the man they believed so much in suddenly leave this earth, dead, crucified on a cross. In their melancholy walk, on the road to Emmaus, they were joined by another person, one who tried to explain to them that the Scriptures had to be fulfilled, that Christ did indeed have to die on the cross in order to allow everything to come to pass. “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”
Matthew 26:27-28 —Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Jesus’ final moments with His disciples are amazingly intimate and profound in the way He paints a perfect picture for the symbolism of His death/resurrection in the days that would follow that final meal.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. —Romans 6:5-7
It’s an amazing process, in how the Holy Spirit in us, through Christ’s salvation in us, can turn us away from the things we once lusted for, the things that once held us captive and led us to do evil acts or have evil thoughts.
I and the Father are one. —John 10:30
This six-word verse is short, but oh so sweet. It paints a picture of the solid unity in identity and purpose between the Father, God in heaven, and His Son, God in the flesh-manifested as Jesus Christ. Prior to this verse, Jesus is talking about being the good shepherd, being the one that will lay down His life for His sheep, to keep them safe in a world where a multitude of evil beings—Satan particularly—want to harm them. Before He speaks this, Jesus praises the Father as being “greater than all” and the Father who “has given them to me,” meaning that the Father has passed His people over to the Son, Jesus Christ. In this way, Jesus links the Father’s sovereignty as ruler over all and to the sovereignty entrusted to Him as the Son, keeper of the sheep, and those that believe on Him as the Son, will have eternal life and not be harmed.
5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?" 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, "The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.'" —Luke 24:5-7
It seemed unfeasible that this miracle worker, Jesus, a seemingly divine representation of humanity yet human nonetheless, could be raised from the dead.
And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” —John 12:32
Though we naturally experience anguish in the heart when reading over/meditating on the events leading up to and the moment itself of crucifixion, Jesus was able to grasp it in terms of God’s sovereign plan, suggesting (as we see in the above) that Christ had to be lifted up, had to be put on that cross, in order for humanity to be given eternal life. And, therefore, Jesus looked at the process as a man going into battle, feeling the duty and obligation to the mission that He was called to achieve. He did, however, experience inner turmoil and suffering as John points out to us in the events leading up to His crucifixion. His suffering was symbolic of all of our sins that He took upon Himself. He died and rose for us, so that we may have eternal life through believing in Him and receiving His Grace.