Open the eyes of my understanding…

Luke 24:36-49

Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?”  So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.  And He took it and ate in their presence. Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”  And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise  from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

 “they still did not believe for joy, and marveled….He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.”  Another translation puts it this way: “they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement…then he opened their minds so they could understand.”  Either way, when doubts arise and something is hard to believe, we can ask for understanding.  Know, however, understanding is not required for it to be or exist.  Understanding is for our benefit alone.  Fear is at play here; fear that what you desired and now realize is once again going to be taken from you.  Fear blocks and hinders the understanding.  Jesus removed the fear when he opened their minds.  Can we become more aware of the presence of fear that hinders and  then be set free from its obstruction?

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