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He Opened Their Minds to Understand

April 8, 2019

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He Opened Their Minds to Understand

After Jesus rose  from the dead,  His followers had a hard time grasping the fact  that Jesus really was alive,  because they had seen Him die  on the cross.     He spoke to His followers  and explained how the Old Testament prophecies were about His whole life  and His coming  to be the Savior  of the world.    Jesus had to prove to them  that He really was alive  by making them touch Him  and seeing Him eat some broiled fish.     Then Jesus reminded them  of how He had already explained these prophecies  to them  during His ministry here  on earth.     They knew what He had said,  but could not fully grasp the significance  of these truths  or how these truths were all connected  and affected the lives  of everyone.

They needed Jesus’ help  to really understand.     Knowing how puzzled they were  and their desire  to understand,  we read in Luke 24:45-47,

Then  He opened their minds  to understand the Scriptures,  and He said to them,  “Thus it is written,  that the Christ should suffer  and rise again  from the dead  the third day;  and that repentance  for forgiveness of sins  should be proclaimed  in His name  to all the nations,  beginning from Jerusalem.”

We also need Jesus  to open up our minds  to understand the significance  of all the Scriptures  in our lives.     People can read the Bible  and memorize all sorts of verses,  but that doesn’t mean  they are saved — that doesn’t mean  they are able  to apply God’s words  to their lives  and take them personally,  as God wants us to.     We need  to understand  how everything recorded in the Bible  affects the lives  of absolutely everyone on earth,  whether they choose  to believe in Christ  or not.     So,  no matter who we are,  we should at least try  to learn a little bit  about what the Bible sets before us.

But,  no matter how much we learn “about” the Bible,  it is possible  to not believe  that we can be personally saved eternally  through the merits  of Jesus Christ.     It is God who needs  to  “open our minds  to understand the Scriptures.”     So,  what are we supposed to do?     God’s word shows us  in the Bible.    

These followers  who were with Jesus  after His resurrection  “wanted”   to learn about God’s desire  for their lives  and how they should apply all  of Scripture  to their lives,  so that they could lead God-pleasing lives.     That’s the hint.    Because they  “wanted”  to learn God’s will  for their lives,  Jesus “opened their minds  to understand.”  

We can take another example  from King David.     David had sinned  and realized he needed God  to open up the understanding  of his heart and spirit,  so that he could have the wherewithal  to start living  for the Lord again.     So,  David prayed  in Psalm 51:10-12,

Create in me  a clean heart,  O God,    
And renew a steadfast spirit  within me.    
Do not cast me away  from Thy presence,    
And do not take Thy Holy Spirit  from me.    
Restore to me the joy  of Thy salvation,    
And sustain me  with a willing spirit.

This needs  to be our prayer, too.     The bottom line is  that we need God  by our side  every day of our lives,  to strengthen us and keep us  in the truth.     We need God  to open up our understanding,  our hearts,  and our spirits.     We cannot hoof it through life  all by ourselves  and expect  to be able  to enter heaven.     Jesus alone is “the Way,  the Truth,  and the Life.”    

We need  to ask God  to open our minds,  hearts,  and spirits.     God has promised  to answer all these prayers.     Every time we study the Bible,  let us ask our Lord  to open our minds and hearts  to really understand these truths  in the right way,  so that we will truly experience  “the joy  of Thy salvation”.

With understanding,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  You certainly have done all things  for me  in Jesus Christ.     Let me always have a repentant heart  that rejoices  in Your salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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