And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about three score furlongs.…
I. IN CONSEQUENCE OF THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST, AN INNUMERABLE MULTITUDE OF OUR RACE WILL BE RAISED FROM A STATE OF SINFUL DEGRADATION AND MISERY, AND EXALTED TO THE SOCIETY OF ANGELS AND OF GOD.
II. IN CONSEQUENCE OF THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST, ALL WHO FINALLY BELIEVE AND TRUST IN HIM, AS THE SON OF GOD, WILL BE CONFIRMED IN A STATE OF PERFECT HOLINESS AND HAPPINESS FOR EVER.
III. IN THE PROPITIATORY SACRIFICE OF CHRIST. THE DIVINE CHARACTER, IN ITS VARIOUS ATTRIBUTES, IS GLORIOUSLY DISPLAYED. Reflections:
1. From this subject we are led to admire the character of God's government.
2. We are led to mourn how exceedingly limited are the views of those who think that the only object of Christ's coming into our world was "to publish a good system of morality, and to set us a good example!"
3. We learn how very imperfect are the views of those who suppose that the only object of Christ's coming into our world was to save sinners. But oh! what is the salvation of millions who creep on earth — what is this compared with those glorious displays of God's character, or compared with that eternal confidence in His government which is inspired among the loftier and wider provinces of His empire?
4. We ought not to distrust the wisdom of Providence, even in those events which seem dark and mysterious.
5. Let Christians be provoked to self-denying sacrifices in the cause of humanity, and untiring devotedness to the Saviour.
6. Let the wicked and the worldling, amid the blaze of gospel light, be constrained to repent and believe.
7. The reflection very naturally follows, that incorrigible sinners must be punished with immeasurable severity.
8. We learn from this subject the great propriety of frequently commemorating the dying of the Lord Jesus.
(A. Dickinson, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.