As we have been looking at Luke 24:45-47, we noticed that Luke records how Jesus “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” This comes before His giving instructions from the Scriptures on what the disciple’s role will be after His departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit. I cannot emphasize too much the importance of our understanding being opened and enlightened before any ministry or work for God is done!
Paul knew how important this is. He prayed for the Ephesian saints that “the eyes of [their] hearts [be] enlightened…to know what is the hope to which [they have] been called” (Ephesians 1:18). We will never be effective in proclaiming the gospel unless it has become a personal light in our souls. There is another reason why we need enlightening in our hearts. The gospel is a “mystery” that cannot be humanly understood (3:3-4, 6, 9). As it is revealed to us and in us, the Spirit will help us proclaim it to others.
Going back to our verses in Luke 24, Jesus gives the map for proclaiming the message of the gospel. They were standing in Jerusalem and He tells them that it was going to begin right there. In Acts 1:8, Jesus expands the circles of their influence from Jerusalem to “both/and Judea both/and Samaria both/and to the end of the earth.” NO PART OF THE EARTH ESCAPES THE MESSAGE!
Where do you live? That is your “Jerusalem.” From there, God wants you to be part of fulfilling the Scriptures; telling others “Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins [is] proclaimed in his name! Will you pay your part so others hear, believe and are saved?
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