25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So, he went in to stay with them.
Words we don’t like! But here Jesus rebukes these travellers he has only just met.
He calls them “foolish,” using the Greek adjective anoetos, “unintelligent, foolish, dull-witted.” It is a compound word, formed from two words meaning “without” and “understanding, perception”.
In other words, he’s calling those who doubt the resurrection: without understanding, without perception, or slow of heart.
Jesus is convinced that Scripture teaches two things about the Messiah which they should know and believe:
- The Christ would have to suffer death, and then
- Enter his glory.
In other words, he’s saying to these believers, why are you so slow of heart, why are you without understanding, you’ve sat with Jesus, you’ve heard him speak, he spoke of what would come, but now during disappointment, you’re so quick to forget the words of your master!
Have you forgotten the words of your master?
In reflection, would Jesus offer a similar rebuke to you?
If so, how will you respond to such a rebuke?
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