- He was there when they needed help (Luke 24:15). Some “fair-weather” friends disappear when we need them the most (Job’s friends; the prodigal’s). We must be there for each other.
- He was observant—he saw that they were sad (Luke 24:17). We learn from this to live outside of ourselves and try to see when the other fellow is down so we can help him (Phil. 2:2-4).
- He was interested in their hurts (Luke 24:17). He went a step beyond seeing. Some come to visit, ascertain that we are depressed and soon dismiss themselves to find someone who is happy. Jesus was not that way.
- He was sympathetic to their pain (Luke 24:17,19). This was normal for Him. See Him on the way to the cross, when He naturally would have been concerned for Himself, caring for others: Peter (22:34); Disciples (22:46); Women (“weep for yourselves,” 23:28); Thief (23:43).
- He got them to express their grief (Luke 24:19). He questioned them to relieve their burdened hearts by having them relate the cause of their sorrow. He did not need to hear, but they needed to say.
- “We hoped…” Past tense. They had given up hope because they had seen Him on a cross instead of a throne. They had the right idea about Jesus as a Deliverer, but they made the wrong application of it.
- Often people need to tell their story. When people have problems or suffer loss, as these disciples had, they need to talk about what has happened.
- Many times it helps to ask, “When did he die?,” “How long had he been sick?,” or “Were you expecting this to happen?”
- We may know the answers, but they need to talk. Jesus was interested in why they were sad. He was interested in the people as well as the facts (Luke 24:17)
by Allen Webster