The Twin Towers of Faith sent along this link to a great article summarizing the grand scope of redemptive history (the message of the Bible) in 3600 words! The ten minutes it takes to read Clowney might bring some deep encouragment to you!!
Here is a teaser...
"On the first Easter morning, when Jesus walked, unrecognized, with Cleopas and a companion, he did not remove their doubts and fears by saying, 'Cleopas!' as he had said 'Mary!' in the garden. They needed to know more than the fact of the resurrection-they were walking away from the fact of the empty tomb and of the presence of angels reported by the women. They needed to understand its meaning: the glory of Jesus Christ that was gained through his suffering. What they foolishly failed to grasp was the message of Scripture.
Jesus, therefore, beginning with the books of Moses and the prophets, explained from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself (Lk 24:27). He was not willing to show Cleopas that he was somehow alive, since in a chance universe anything can happen. The good news is not that there was once a resurrection. The good news is 'that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised the third day according to the Scriptures' (1 Cor 15:3f).
We, too, need to know the fact of the resurrection in the context of its meaning. The teaching of Jesus that burned into the hearts of those two disciples has not been forever lost because Cleopas lacked a tape recorder. We have Christ's resurrection teaching during those forty days in the inspired New Testament. That is why the sure guide to our understanding of the Old Testament is the New Testament."