"Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe ... Ought not Christ to have suffered these things ... ?" ~ Luke 24:25a, 26a
Jesus had risen from His grave when He spoke these words. And He spoke them to some disciples of His, whom He joined as they were walking along the road to Emmaus. He had already told them that He would be killed and that He would rise again after the third day and here He was risen and walking with them, but they didn't recognize Him at all! I [Eugenia Price, the author] believe the reason for this is that they weren't really expecting to see Him again. They did not really believe what He had told them.
These disciples were so like most of us, however. They were gabbling on about what had happened to Jesus of Nazareth, "but him they saw not." Quite plausibly, in the face of things as He knew them to be, Jesus said to them, "O ... slow of heart to believe ..." And just as plausibly, He added: "... Ought not Christ to have suffered these things?" If only they would look at Him and find out what He's really like! If only we would look at Him and find out His true motives. Jesus Himself after the cross, after the resurrection, asked: "Ought not Christ to have suffered these things?" He might have pressed His point: "Doesn't it make sense to you that I being love, would 'endure the cross,' for the 'joy that was set before me,' in knowing by doing it, I could set my loved ones free? I created you, I knew when sin twisted my creations all out of shape. My heart broke on Calvary to set you free from this disease to which you have all fallen victim. Look at Me, as I really am." "Ought not Christ to have suffered these things ...? O ... slow of heart to believe ..." Look at Him as He really is. He is love.
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross ... that whosoever believeth in him should ... have everlasting life."