“But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened” (Luke 24:21).
“We were hoping” is a summary statement of the expectations held by the disciples; expectations of the messiah based upon the traditions of men but lacking in scriptural merit; expectations that were crushed with Friday’s crucifixion of Jesus. As the resurrected Christ explained the scriptures to them, however, the disappointment of “we were hoping” gave way to the assurance of “The Lord has really risen” (v.34). Stay the course and he will exceed all expectations.