Working on a bible study this evening, I came across this gem of a scripture. I started to make this a Facebook status, but quickly realized that it was too big.
Here we go: remember when Jesus has been resurrected, and appears to the disciples and his disciples are all ‘What the what?’ and ‘How are you here?’ and ‘Are you, like, a ghost or something?’ It says in Luke 24:44 ‘He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”’
In other words, he says ‘Guys, I told you all this. Why I had to leave. That I was coming back. That it would be three days. What it all meant. Don’t you get it?’
But they didn’t get it. Just like we don’t get it today. Or more like, we do get it, but we can’t keep it. If I concentrate really hard, I feel like I can grasp the enormity of GOD, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the whole thing, but it is so fleeting. And then I feel like, ‘Hm, I wonder what’s on TV’ or ‘Hm, I wonder why the world works the way it does’ or ‘Hm, look! A squirrel!’ And I lose touch again with the magnificence of God.
Now to the bit I wanted to share with you tonight:
Luke 24:45 ‘Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.’
Oh. My. Gravy.
That! I want That! Open my mind, Jesus, so that I can understand your scriptures! The truths that are in your Word are the most important things! The best things! The things that really truly actually matter! But I feel so feeble because even though you have already told me these truths, I cannot stick with you. I think about lesson plans, and what groceries I need, and my kid’s nagging cough, and dozens of other things that are important, but for this earthly life. It is so easy to convince myself that all those earthly things are the most important things and Your truths, well, they are just Sunday morning things. I, like those disciples, lose track of what You have told us over and over: “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations”(v 46,47)
So I want THAT. I want you to open my mind so I understand the scriptures, because I obviously can’t do it on my own.
I want that. Please.