By: Robert Serreyn
Question? Is there any supporting cross reference to Luke 24:21?
Luke 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
Answer: Yes there is in fact.
It is found in Chapter 19 in Verse 11 where it says…
And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh (near) to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
Theses two disciples on the Road to Emmaus in Chapter 24 along with all the others were in a state of Shock, Bewilderment, and Doubt.
To put it in modern terms “Their world had been Rocked”, And it is EASY to see why that they felt that way, Their Messiah, Their King, The very one that THEY THOUGHT was going to save them from the oppressive Roman government, Laws, and Ruling Authorities that they lived under had just been put to death (crucifixion was a Slow, Agonizing, Painful death) in which Rome’s Ruling Authorities used as a PUBLIC REMINDER to all those who dared to defy its Laws.
When you compare Chapter 24, Verse 21 WITH Chapter 19 Verse 11 the meaning of Luke 24:21 BECOMES CLEAR, Because as Chapter 19 Verse 11 states… they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
They (then disciples) where looking forward to Jesus their King, and Saviour to overthrow Rome and its government and establish his kingdom in its place, WHICH, Christ would have IF ONLY the Nation of Israel as a whole would have received him as her Messiah.
But as the Bible states in John 1:11…
He came unto his own (the Nation of Israel), and his own received him not.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 9:33 by inspiration (see – 2 Peter 1:20. 21)…
As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
In Peter’s day and in Paul’s as well, Those who LOOKED UPON (place their trust in) Christ as their Cornerstone (Saviour) were NEVER given cause to be ashamed.
It was THOSE who rejected (disallowed – 1Peter 2:7) the Lord Jesus as their Messiah (Saviour) who kept stumbling over him.
Today for us is no different. Those who put their Trust in Christ alone ARE eternally secure and WILL NEVER be lost or lose their salvation (put to shame) for having done so.
BUT, those who REJECT Christ will keep stumbling over him.
– They stumble every time they hear him preached on the Radio and Television.
– They stumble every time they are given or read a Gospel Tract.
– They stumble whenever they are witnessed to.
And they will keep stumbling over him as long as they continue to reject Christ and his Death, Burial, and Resurrection as the ONLY complete payment for their sins. – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as YOUR savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou (you) shalt (will) be saved – Acts 16:31
The moment that you do YOU HAVE (at that second and forever) Everlasting Life which WILL NEVER be taken away no matter what.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH