And He opened their understanding…
“And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Word.”
The disciples were full of doubt when Christ was buried after the crucifixion. Mary and the other women who witnessed the empty tomb and delivered the angel’s message couldn’t convince the men. Neither could Peter, who ran to see if the women were telling the truth. Not even the men who encountered the Lord Himself on their journey to Emmaus! Jesus finally appears to the disciples all together – and even with them standing around Him, He STILL had to prove He was alive! After the men had touched their fingers to His hands and feet, and watched Him eat some food, they finally believed that their Christ had risen from the dead. Jesus begins explaining to these men the Gospel and the fulfillment that His life became for all the prophecies concerning the Messiah…
…”And He opened their understanding…”
I love this so much. Can you imagine how Christ felt as He explained the Master’s perfect plan in the greatest detail for His followers to completely grasp the Victory that His Death and Resurrection purchased for their souls at Calvary? The wonder and amazement that had to fill the eyes of the disciples as they FINALLY realized the perfection in His plan must have brought much joy to the heart of Christ! Oh, the cost He had paid for these men and for every man who will ever set foot on this earth! IT WAS ACCOMPLISHED!
All too often, people do not understand the Scriptures and give up, all too easily defeated. If Satan can keep believers from reading the very Word of God, they cannot accomplish much, if anything, for the Kingdom of Heaven, so he (Satan) is not worried at all.
Many of these who do not understand the Word struggle because they don’t realize that our understanding can be opened!
“And He opened their understanding, that they may comprehend the Word.”(Luke 24:45)
Jesus has ascended into Heaven and is sitting at the right hand of the Father, but He did not leave us to try to live this life (or understand His will and His way) on our own! He has given us His Holy Spirit (when we choose to follow Him) and HE opens our understanding to comprehend the words of the Bible. We MUST ask for the Holy Spirit to speak to us and help us understand so that we will know the spiritual things that God intended to show us when He inspired it’s writing!
The Word of God is ALIVE. We can gain knowledge by reading a book with our intellect. But when we are depending on the Holy Spirit to be our Teacher, the words in the Bible convict us. They change us. They encourage us. The Holy Spirit administers hope, joy, peace, strength, and more as we dwell and meditate on the Word.
We will not understand every mystery of God. He is infinite and we are not. When you arrive at a passage in the Word that does not make sense, ask the Spirit for revelation and wisdom.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”(James 1:5-6)
If after awhile of TRUE seeking, (not half-hearted seeking) then you could ask for some guidance in understanding from a strong believer that you know. You also should study other portions of scripture. That passage may be brought to light in your understanding at a later time by the Holy Spirit. Whatever you choose to do, do not forsake the Scriptures. Do not close and stack your Bible on a shelf because you do not understand it or are discouraged. That is one of the worst possible things that a follower of Christ could choose to do. It is your “sword of the Spirit” according to Ephesians 6, and without it, you will not accomplish anything or become any stronger in the faith.
Ask Him for wisdom. It brings Him pleasure to answer that cry. You will be changed.
Blessings and prayers, friends.