Yesterday we ended by talking about the identification of Cleopas and his wife, the couple from Emmaus who had thought Jesus was going to be Israel’s redeemer, but now after seeing his crucifixion were returning home with no hope at all. Is it significant that Luke mentions these two? I think it is. For one thing, our Lord showed concern for a couple. We tend to think of the disciples being the important ones. We think, "Oh, he spoke and revealed himself to Peter." And he certainly did that to Peter, James, John, and the to all of the others. But in point of fact, our Lord simply revealed Himself to those of his disciples in Jerusalem at the time, and He didn't forget this couple who were on their way home.
In Luke 24:26 we read, "Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" That's a question of necessity and it's unlike other questions that Jesus asked.  On one occasion Jesus asked His disciples about His own identity: "Who do ye say that I, the son of man, am?"  Elsewhere He asked a question concerning discipleship: "Why do you call me ‘Lord,’ ‘Lord,’ and do not the things that I say?" Or again He posed another question about right priorities: "What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and lose his own soul?" Here we have a question that deals with necessity and it's an invitation to the disciples and to us to reason together about these things.

What did the people of Jesus’ day who did not like Him do about it? They said, "We know how to handle somebody like that, we'll crucify Him." Afterward, perhaps they said to themselves, "Well, we got rid of all those things we did not like about Jesus”—such as His sovereignty, holiness, omniscience, truth, and grace. But you see, He is the immutable God. He rose again from the dead and He's the same today as He was back then. You and I simply have to come to terms with that, whether we want to or not. That, for many people, is a barrier. 

Yesterday we concluded by talking about people’s resentment toward God for having characteristics that sinners hate. Sovereignty was the first one we mentioned, which you see demonstrated on Palm Sunday, as Jesus rides into Jerusalem as a king who is marked by humility.

Now, if you come to the point where you understand the cost, even though you're not willing to pay it, let me at least say that you have come a long way, and that's a good thing. We have a kind of preaching of the gospel in our day that tries to minimize the cost. Those who do it certainly do their hearers no favor. They think what they want to do is make it sound so attractive that they'll win a lot of converts. They may win a lot of people but conversion is another matter. Jesus Christ didn't minimize it. He explained the cost, and if you've come to see that there is a cost, well that is a very valuable thing.