Beyond the Weekend

April 3 | We Had Hoped

April 3, 2024


“The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.” Luke 24:20-21

Read: Luke 24:17-24
Listen: Luke 24


Jesus walks with these two disciples and learns they are downcast about what happened. They even admit they “had hoped” Jesus would redeem Israel. These words capture their heartbreaking disappointment. Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” This story seems to illustrate this same character quality in Jesus. He would later challenge and teach these two. But here, he walks with, listens to and cares about these disciples as they travel.

Jesus’s interaction with these two reveals something about God’s character. As Psalm 34:18 says, God is close to those who have lost hope and are brokenhearted. It was true in ancient Israel when the Psalm was written, and it was true on the road to Emmaus. It’s still true today in the situations we face. Some of us may have hoped our marriage would improve, we would be out of debt, that test results would be different, or a job would be a good fit. Whatever we are facing, God is with us, close to us and cares for us.

TODAY: Memorize Psalm 34:18 and bring it to mind during the coming days and weeks. May this Psalm remind you of the character of God. He is with you, he is close to you and cares for you.


Read Exodus 4. Highlight anything that points to Jesus. Note how Moses represents God to the people, how God hears them and speaks through Moses.

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