“He opened their minds to understand…”

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Scripture: Luke 24:36 While they were talking about (reports of the resurrected Jesus appearing to some of his disciples), Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate in their presence. 44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures…

Observation: After receiving Jesus’ teaching for years the disciples STILL didn’t quite understand what was going on. Since they would be tasked with spreading the message after Jesus’ ascension to heaven, it was critical they “get it”. How did the message finally sink in? Jesus “opened their minds to understand…”.

Application: Ever have trouble understanding scripture? I do – and I’ve been studying God’s word for decades now. And unlike most of you readers, I have a vast library of biblical resources to turn to when something in scripture doesn’t make sense.

Studying is a good thing. No doubt growing in faith requires effort. However, human diligence is really not what gets us over the top. Comprehension comes as a gift from God. Maybe like me, there are some areas of life that don’t make sense right now. Things are confusing and unclear. While diligence on our part is a must – revelation from the Lord is key.

Prayer: Gracious God, your word is often hard to understand – as is much of life. We have so many questions and struggle to comprehend. Give us grace to receive your revelation as you make it available. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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