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.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
The scriptures said what would happen to Jesus. Jesus had told them that what the scriptures said would happen. Yet they still didn’t understand until Jesus opened their minds.
We get pleasure from those “light bulb” moments when we suddenly understand. It’s closely related to the sudden mental shifts that make us laugh out loud at a joke. We feel pleasure when God opens our minds to understand, but it goes well beyond that. It’s an expression of our intimate relationship as his children, that he shows us something that is special to him; that he lets us into one of his secrets. I get a real sense of delight when we go to that place of understanding together.
There’s more to these moments of revelation than just the pleasure of discovery, or even the joy of being taken to understanding by God himself: With that understanding comes responsibility. Like most of his gifts, it is to pass on.
But Jesus tells them not to rush off with their new understanding. They need to wait for the Holy Spirit and go with Him to bring understanding to others. He’ll give the words to say and open minds to receive it.
Lord, I love it when you open my mind to your thoughts. Please give me clarity of understanding and your heart to bring that understanding to others.
Written by David Cornell