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Marvelous Necessity

“And he said to them, ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?’” (Luke 24:25-26, ESV). On the road to Emmaus, the risen Lord appeared to two of His disciples. They did not know Him at first—the Scripture attributes this to divine agency (v.16)—and so Christ heard from them their confusion about His death and the reports of the resurrection. How marvelous it must have been to have your confusion corrected by the Lord Himself, who proceeded to describe the Old Testament testimony to His redemptive work (v.27)!

Marvelous and mysterious is the redemptive plan of God. It may be hard for us to see, hard to grasp the logic of God’s plan; but that is because of our weakness in faith and understanding. God is good and gracious, wonderful and wise. Let us trust Him. Let us believe what God has spoken, and rejoice in the mysteries of redemption—in the atoning death and triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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