Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Christ enables us to understand the Scriptures. Immediately after His resurrection Jesus addressed two groups, explaining to each group out of the Scriptures the things they revealed about Himself. The first group was two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Jesus met them and gave the royal key to understanding Messianic Prophecy. They were discouraged because, they reported to the stranger who met them, “Today is the third day since these things were done.” The stranger began discussing with them what the Bible teaches about the Messiah. He said, “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” (Luke 24:26). Jesus gave the same lesson again that day to the eleven disciples who at first were terrified when they saw Him. But He carefully expounded to them out of all the Scriptures what they said concerning Him. He opened their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures. We need to go to the Scriptures ourselves today in our time. There is much in the Bible God has placed there for our learning. Is there really anything more important in life than to truly know God, to know the Lord Jesus Christ, to be taught by Scripture itself with the help of the Holy Spirit? No one made a tape recording or a video of the lessons the risen Christ taught that day. But we have the same Old Testament Scriptures they had, the very Scriptures Christ taught out of. We can trace out what His lesson must have contained that day by the Royal Key to Messianic Prophecy that Jesus gave the two mournful disciples on the Emmaus road. I have placed the cross references to the relevant passages (Luke 24:26 and 1 Peter 1:11) on this site.
Luke 24:26. Ought not. ver. Lk 24:46. Mt 26:54. Jn 10:35. 20:9. He 2:10. 7:26. Christ. ver. Lk 24:46. +Mt 1:17. suffered. ver. Lk 24:7, 44, *Lk 24:46. Lk 9:22. 17:25. +Lk 18:31-33. Ge 22:6. Ps chapter. 22, 69. Is chapter. 53. **Da 9:26. *Zc 13:7. Mt 16:21. 17:22. 26:24, 54. Mk 8:31. 9:31. 14:21. Jn 11:49-52. 12:23, 24, 32. 20:9. +Ac 3:18. 14:22. +*Ac 17:3. *Ac 26:23. Ro 1:4. 14:9. +*1 Cor 15:3, 4. Phil 2:6-11. *He 2:8-10. 9:22, 23. 12:2. 1 P 1:3, +**1 P 1:11. 2:21. and to enter. Lk 23:42. Ps 110:7. Is 30:18. 49:4. Je 30:21. Ac 1:3. 3:18-26. +**1 P 1:11. 4:13. his glory. +Lk 9:26. Is 55:5. +**Zc 6:13. Mk 10:37. Ro 8:17. 1 Cor 15:17. +**1 P 1:11.
1 Peter 1:11. Searching. Gr. ereunaō (S#2045g, Jn 5:39). ver. 1 P 1:10. Pr 15:14. *Da 8:15. Mt 13:17. Lk 10:24. what manner of time. **Da 9:2, 24-26. 12:5-13. Hab 2:1-4. Ga 4:4. Phil 4:5. He 9:9. the Spirit. Gr. pneuma, +Mt 3:16. 1 P 3:18, 19. Zc 7:12. Mk 12:36. Jn 14:17. 16:7. Ac 1:16. +Ac 16:7. Ro 1:4. +*Ro 8:9. 1 Cor 10:4. *2 Cor 3:17, 18. *Ga 4:6. Phil 1:19. Col 3:16. 1 Tim 3:16. *He 9:14. 10:15. *2 P 1:21. Re 3:1. *Re 19:10. of Christ. ver. 1 P 1:20. +*Jn 12:41. 1 Cor 10:4, 9. 2 Cor 3:17, 18. *Col 1:15-17. which was in them. or, with them. Other translations handle as in, within, but this is not correct. Though God was with His people under the old economy, the Spirit of God did not indwell anyone until Pentecost (cf. Jn 14:17-18 and notes) [LNT, fn e]. *Ne 9:30. Ac 10:17. did signify. or, point. Gr. dēloō (S#1213g, 1 Cor 1:11). Da 12:8. 1 Cor 3:13. 2 P 1:14. when it testified beforehand. Gr. promarturomai (S#4303g, only here), to be a witness in advance, that is, predict (Strong). Ps 40:7. 110:7. +Mt 26:24. +**Jn 5:39. Ac 2:31. 7:52. 8:35. 1 Cor 15:4. Ga 3:17, 23. He 2:6. the sufferings. Gr. pathēma (S#3804g, Ro 7:5). 1 P 2:21. 3:18-22. 4:1, 13. 5:1. *Ps 22:1-21. *Ps 69:1-21. chapter. 88. *Is 52:13, 14. *Is 53:1-10. *Da 9:24-26. *Zc 13:7. Mt 16:21. 26:24. Lk 9:22, 31. 22:22. +*Lk 24:25-27, 44. Ac 2:23. +Ac 3:18. *Ac 17:3. 26:22, 23. +*1 Cor 15:3, 4. 2 Cor 1:5. He 2:10. 11:26. 12:2. the glory. or, glories. A common objection among the Jewish people who do not believe Jesus Christ is their Messiah is that there are many prophecies Jesus did not fulfill when He came. Peter here, and Jesus (Luke 24:26) furnish an absolute answer to that objection: (1) the prophecies Jesus did fulfill pertain to “His sufferings.” (2) the prophecies Jesus did not fulfill are reserved for the future when He comes in His full glory (Ps 102:16. Zc 14:1-5. Matthew 24:30, 31). Several prophecies are recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures, our Old Testament, that present exactly this order even within a single chapter, as seen in these cross references to specific chapters in the Bible that present this order: Ps 22:1-21, the sufferings; Ps 22:22-31, the glory. Ps 69:1-21, the sufferings; Ps 69:30-36, the glory. Is 53:1-10, the sufferings; Is 53:11-12, the glory. Those who disbelieve in the Messiahship of Jesus Christ do so in the face of the evidence: just how can we account for the many prophecies (T#1874 to T#1976) Christ did fulfill at His First Advent? These things really did happen. The argument from Historicity is unanswerable and irrefutable (2 P 1:16n). In terms of the provisions of the Abrahamic (+**Ge 12:2n) and the Davidic Covenants (+**2 S 7:10n), you cannot have a Messiah who fulfills one aspect (the glory) without the other aspect (the sufferings) being fulfilled first. It takes both aspects to fulfill the predictions presented in the Messianic Prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures. ver. 1 Peter 1:3, 7, 13, 21. 1 P 3:21, 22. 4:5, 13. +**Ge 3:15. 45:13. +*Ge 49:10. *Ps 22:22-31. 45:3-7. *Ps 69:30-36. *Ps 72:17-19. +*Ps 102:16. *Ps 110:1-6. *Ps 145:11. +*Is 9:6, 7. *Is 11:10mg. *Is 49:6. *Is 53:11, 12. 55:5. 60:1-3, 9, 13, 19. *Da 2:34, 35, 44. +*Da 7:13, 14. **Zc 2:8-12. +**Zc 6:13. +*Zc 14:9. Mt 6:13. *Mk 10:37. Lk 19:38. *Lk 23:42. +**Lk 24:26. **+Jn 12:41. *Ac 26:22, 23. 1 Cor 2:7. +*1 Th 2:12. 1 Tim 1:11. Re 19:7. that should follow. or, after these things. Re 22:6.
Now I have made it easy for you to study about what Christ must have taught on the Emmaus road. All you have to do is hover your mouse pointer over each cross reference above to read it. I engaged in on-line discussions with some very devout Roman Catholics some years ago. One of their number had posted a challenge for Protestants to prove that the Bible itself teaches we are to go by the Bible alone. I think I met the challenge. He also made the challenge that only his church, the Roman Catholic Church, has “the rest of the story.” His argument was that the Roman Catholic Church possesses unwritten traditions from the time of Christ, for not all we need to know about what Jesus said and did was recorded in the Bible (John 20:30; 21:25). I challenged the Roman Catholics to furnish a link to any information preserved in their vaunted Tradition about what Jesus said or did that I do not already have in my 27 primary source documents preserved in the New Testament. I had told them that Tradition is like a mysterious black box, the contents of which remind me of the nursery rhyme, “nothing in it, nothing in it, but the binding ’round it.” They never proved otherwise, and admitted they could not furnish me any such link to “the rest of the story.” Tradition, so called, is very misrepresented by some apologists or defenders of the Roman Catholic Church. The word is misrepresented in their arguments as they commit the logical fallacy of equivocation. What that means is that the word is used with two altogether different meanings, without clearly distinguishing the meanings when using the same word in more than one way. Tradition can mean information from the past preserved orally. It may later be written down, or it may not be. That kind of tradition or teaching is mentioned in the epistles in the New Testament. Tradition can mean a set of religious practices followed by the religion that holds to or believes or practices it. Tradition in that sense is mentioned in the New Testament and always, when Jesus mentions it, it is condemned. But the other kind of Tradition as held to or believed and practiced by the Roman Catholic Church has to do with the ongoing development of Christian doctrine taught in the Roman Catholic Church, such as doctrine pertaining to the infallibility of the Roman Catholic Pope, praying to Mary, veneration of Mary, and many other distinctives practiced in the Roman Catholic Church such as the Sacrifice of the Mass, things which are nowhere to be found in the Apostolic record contained in the New Testament, but have been developed since then. Now it certainly is possible to study the Bible and learn truth that though it was there all the time had not been recognized or understood until recently because of ongoing careful study of the Scriptures. That kind of new information about Bible doctrine is valid because it rests firmly upon what the Scriptures specifically teach. But that is not related to Roman Catholic Tradition in the modern sense of the word as they use it. It is clearly safe to go by what the Bible teaches; it is unsafe to go by Traditions not grounded and found in Scripture.
For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:
(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 1159 for Luke 24:45.
(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1180 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Luke 24:45.
(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:
Luke 24:45. opened. T#1056. ver. +Lk 24:32. +*Ge 3:7. *Ex 4:11. Ne 8:8. Jb 33:16. 36:10. Ps 18:36. **+Ps 119:18. Is 29:10-12, *Is 29:18, *Is 29:19. 42:7. 54:13. *+Jn 2:22. *Ac 16:14. *Ac 26:18. 1 Cor 2:11-13. *2 Cor 3:12-18. %*2 Cor 4:4-6. Ep 1:18. 5:14. *1 J 5:20. Re 3:7. their understanding. Lk 18:34. 21:15. Ps 119:12, 19, 135. Da 9:13, 24. 11:33. Mt 11:27. 13:11. 15:16. 16:17. Mk 9:32. Jn 12:16. 16:13. Ac 16:14. 28:26. 1 Cor 2:14. 2 Tim 2:7. that they might understand. Mt 15:10. Ac 8:30, 35. the scriptures. ver. Lk 24:27, 32. +Mt 21:42. +*2 Tim 3:15.