Cleopas on the Emmaus Road is astonished that anyone coming from the direction of Jerusalem should be in ignorance of the trial and death of Jesus, with the defeat of His cause. Almost petulantly he answers the inquiry about the cause of his sadness. “Don’t you know the things that have happened?”
The question is like the despairing gesture of a defeated, disillusioned and hopeless man. All was lost. Their leader was fallen. Their hopes had gone with him into the grave. How can anyone come from the scene of such tragic events and yet know so little of their grief and disappointment? But the third traveler who had joined them did nothing to allay the incredulity of the other two, when He quietly countered, “What things?” (Luke 24:19).
Yet He was in fact the principal sufferer, the cause and the center of “the things which had come…
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