He Opened Their Minds

William C. Brownson

Read: Luke 24:33-49

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. (v. 45 NIV)

Back in Jerusalem, after Cleopas and the other disciple had returned from Emmaus and told their story, they all were celebrating the news that “the Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Suddenly Jesus himself stands among them and says, “Peace be with you.”

Now comes Jesus’ concise interpretation of the Old Testament message—three tremendous events which must occur. The situation for the first two is clear. They have already happened. Christ has died for our sins and is risen from the dead. That is totally God’s doing. We contributed to it nothing but our sins. But the third—the proclamation of “repentance for the forgiveness of sins . . . to all nations” remains unfinished. All the sense of urgency behind this final necessity is ours to share. We are to be purposeful and passionate about seeing it fulfilled.

That’s what Jesus is saying to them: “You are witnesses of these things.” That is, you are the people who have seen the truth and heard the call. Now here is what the Lord will do: “I am going to send you what my Father has promised [this is clearly the bestowal of the Holy Spirit]; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” And we note from Acts 1:14 that those first followers of Jesus understood that to “stay” meant also to “pray.” Constantly! —Bill Brownson

Prayer: Open our minds, Lord, to understand and to pray.