2 Chronicles 10, Revelation 1, Zephaniah 2, Luke 24 

Author - Brittany Burkett

Luke 24
“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 and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” v. 44-45

Prior to his death, Jesus spoke to his disciples three separate times of his coming death and resurrection.  Mark 8:31-32 is the first of these accounts, “and he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.”  Mark then notes in the beginning of verse 32, “he said this plainly.”  Shortly after this, Mark records a second foretelling (Mark 9:30-32) as Jesus and his disciples pass through Galilee.   Again, Jesus tells them plainly, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men and they will kill him.  And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”  This time, Mark adds, “but they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.”  The third time he foretells his death and resurrection, Jesus provides, even more, details, saying “see, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles.  And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him.  And after three days he will rise” (Mark 10:32-34).
  
Despite all of this, we find the disciples amazed and somewhat skeptical of the women who returned from the tomb with the news of the resurrected Christ (Luke 24:19-24).  Moreover, after they see Jesus, he describes them as “troubled” with “doubts that arise in their hearts” (Luke 24:38).  How can this be after three separate instances where Jesus promised his resurrection?  Why are they unable to understand and believe what was revealed to them is being fulfilled?
  
“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 and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” v. 44-45

Jesus had to open their minds to understand the words he spoke to them while he was with them.  He had to open their minds to understand the Scriptures.  This humbles me.  My “if I try harder, study more, read enough books on the subject” pride is swept away when I realize it is only through God’s mercy that I am able to grow in relationship with him.
  
1 Corinthians 2:9-12 says it this way, “But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.  For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.”

Jesus, I am so grateful that you did not leave me alone here to try harder and study more, but clothed me with the Holy Spirit.  You know exactly what I need before I even know what to ask—what a gift you have given!  Holy Spirit, open my eyes to the truths in the scriptures.  I’m weary of my prideful self, humble my heart to seek answers in you.  Please draw me deeper into the depths of God.  

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