Luke 24:44-45 “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,”
As we look back at these disciples, we wonder why they did not understand that this was Jesus whom they had seen dead and buried. We ask just how it is that they could not see or grasp that it was the same man they had followed for the last three and a half years.
How could they have missed it? The Bible reveals the key to us.
Those who first came to the grave saw two angels there. They told them that Jesus had risen as He prophesied that He would. The angels related the words that Jesus spoke, and all a sudden, it clicked.
Luke 24:8-9 “And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.”
Those who saw the angels came and told the rest.
Luke 24:11 “And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.”
We see that understanding is a matter of faith.
The two on their way to Emmaus met Jesus along the way, but He was hidden from them and could not recognize who He was. As they walked and talked, the events of the last three days dominated their conversation. They could not understand why this man hadn’t heard of the uproar and subsequent death of this man named Jesus.
Again, it was a matter of faith that kept them from truly understanding what had happened properly.
Luke 24:25-26 “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?”
Then Jesus did the miraculous. He opened whatever it was that hindered their ability to understand.
Luke 24:27 “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”
The key to their understanding was not something they possessed. It was not something attained through much learning and study. It was through wisdom that is only given by God.
James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
But it was something more that we now have, that they, at that time, did not have.
Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
Acts 1:4-5 “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”
The Holy Ghost is the key to our wisdom and understanding.
John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”
Our relationship with the truth and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit is what sets us apart. It was only after Christ’s departure that they came to the understanding that we now have.
Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
The Holy Spirit’s presence, coupled with our faith, can yield such fantastic fruit. His guidance and leadership in our life will take us to places and reveal things we cannot and will not see on our own.
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
Our praise to God for the Holy Spirit’s presence and the gift He truly is to us must be a daily activity.
Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
I have to remind myself that when a lesson I teach or a message I preach, or words of encouragement spoken at the right time, I need to stop and give God the thanks and praise He rightly deserves.
I guess the short answer to the title of today’s devotion is – “No, I am not wise. But, the God who indwells me, leads me, guides me, and speaks through me is wise!”