John Calvin on Luke 24:25-27

This reproof [“O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe”] appears to be too harsh and severe considering this person’s weakness; but whoever considers all the circumstances will easily understand that the Lord had good reason for rebuking so sharply those on John_Calvinwhom he had long bestowed labor to little purpose, and almost without any fruit. It should be noted that what is said here is not confined to these two, but, as a reproof of a common fault, the rest of their companions should hear it immediately from their mouths. So frequently had Christ forewarned them of his death—so frequently had he discussed the new and spiritual life and confirmed his teaching by prophets’ oracles—it is as if he had spoken among the deaf—rather to sticks and stones! Overpowered with dread at his death they did not know where to turn. This hesitation, therefore, he justly attributes to folly, and he identifies its cause as their torpor that they were not more ready to believe. And he does not only reprove them because they had the best Teacher, were sluggish and slow to learn, but also because they had not listened to the prophets’ words. It is as if he had said that their stupidity is without excuse. It was their own fault—in and of themselves the prophets’ teaching shines radiantly and was correctly explained to them. Similarly today, most people sustain their ignorance through their own fault, because they are unteachable and rigid. But let us note when Christ sees that his disciples are exceedingly sluggish, in order to stir them he begins to scold. Thus we must compel those whom we have found to be stubborn or sluggish.

~Luke, ed. Beth Kreitzer, Reformation Commentary on Scripture, NT Vol. III, p. 485


Posts in this series

April 20: Like the Women, Seek Jesus Early (John Boys on Luke 24:1-8)

April 27: The Angels Announce That the Resurrection Is for Our Benefit (Martin Luther on Luke 24:1-8)

May 4: God Is Present Where Two Are Gathered (Huldrych Zwingli on Luke 24:13-18)

May 11: Jesus Criticizes the Disciples for Failing to Understand (John Calvin on Luke 24:25-27)

May 18: This Is What Christ Said (Desiderius Erasmus on Luke 24:25-27)

May 25: We Must Follow Christ’s Example in Celebrating His Supper (Balthasar Hubmaier on Luke 24:28-32)