“Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:45)
The appearance of the resurrected Jesus in the upper room became cause for celebration. Eventually. That first appearance, however, was terrifying for the disciples. Luke says so. They thought they were seeing a ghost!
Jesus challenged and encouraged them to look at His hands and feet and touch Him to see that He was real. Their terror subsided but not their doubts, not those question marks in their minds, so He asked for and ate a piece of fish. That may have helped, too, but it was only when He “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,” that is, what was written about Him in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms that they began to accept the full reality of His resurrection.
Understanding the Scripture is a spiritual event, accomplished by the Holy Spirit. He unlocks and opens our minds to understand Scripture truth, and that is what then changes us and impacts our life-direction and, thus, how we then live. Therefore, one of our daily prayers before the Lord should be that he open our minds as we spend time in His word, so that we may move through and beyond any fears, doubts, or hesitations that would keep us from the fulfillment of the potential He has placed in us.
Indeed, Lord, please open our minds to Your word today, so that we may move spiritually beyond any hindrances that would keep us from the fulfillment of Your will. Amen.