December 22 - Luke 24:44-49

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Luke 24:44-49 – Opened Minds

In Luke 24:31, Jesus opened the minds of the two who had walked the road to Emmaus. This was after he had taught them about himself in Scripture. Their hearts burned within them because he opened the Scriptures to them.

In Acts 16:14, we meet Lydia from Thyatira, who sold purple goods. Luke tells us that “The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by God.”

And in this passage, just after Jesus ate the broiled fish, he opened the minds of those who were in the room so they could understand the Scriptures. He revealed to the group how it was Jesus, the Christ, he himself, who fulfilled what had been written in the words they were so familiar with.

These are the final instructions Jesus has for his disciples. They are to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins, beginning in Jerusalem. They are to stay there until they “have been clothed with power from on high.”

Luke is setting up the story for his next letter to Theophilus. The church has yet to begin, its leader, though has promised them power with which to do so and they are to await its coming.