"Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise." (Luke 24:5-7)
Over and over Jesus had told them of His coming death, and they stiff-armed the prophecies. "No, Lord!" We won't accept this. Not what we had in mind. Makes no sense. It cannot, must not happen like that.
If you cannot or will not hear the bad news, you cannot, will not comprehend the good news.
If you do not embrace the painful, the ugly, that which is terrible and does not make sense--you will not be prepared for the weight of glory.
Without the death, there can be no resurrection.
With dull and disbelieving hearts reluctant to accept His statements about His death, they primed themselves for confusion and doubt about His resurrection. "They were perplexed about this" (Luke 24:4).
And yet. This resurrected Lord is the One who opens blind eyes. He does not leave them alone in their confusion; He sends His angels to proclaim holy truth, remind them of what they failed to believe. "Remember how he told you."
Still they did not believe.
So He came Himself. "Jesus himself drew near and went with them" (v. 15).
I'll wait while you go back and reread those words. Let them stun you: Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
"He went in to stay with them" (v. 29). He sat down with them. He ate with them. "He took the bread and blessed it and broke it--" This is My body, given for you.
"And their eyes were opened."
This patient, patient Jesus. The Lord has risen indeed.