44 He told them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you — that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46 He also said to them, “This is what is written: The Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, 47 and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And look, I am sending you what my Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.” — Luke 24:44-49
Knowing to Understanding
Is it possible to know something and not understand it?
Most definitely! I can remember regurgitating facts and details throughout elementary, middle, and high school. When I reached college, I could no longer just recite facts and details—I had to understand them enough to write about my own thoughts and experiences.
Luke 24:44-49 shows us a beautiful transition from knowing to understanding in the lives of the disciples. They had spent the past three years following Jesus, listening to Him, and even imitating Him from time to time. How many times did the disciples hear about Jesus’ death and resurrection? So many!
It wasn’t until after Jesus’ resurrection that the minds of the disciples were opened. They finally understood the Scriptures Jesus had spent so much time teaching them. The cool part is it came together at the perfect time—God’s time. The disciples had a very unique perspective of the gospel, because they lived it out in real time. Based on this passage in Scripture, we see that the disciples didn’t fully realize how it was all going to unfold. I love how they followed Jesus and listened to Him in the midst of their own personal confusion and uncertainty about what was to come.
Now that they had an understanding of what exactly Jesus came to do, the disciples were empowered to share their own personal experience in connection with the Good News Jesus gave. It became less about the facts and details, and more about a personal relationship with the One who came to save us from our sin, Jesus Christ. That’s exactly what God calls each and every one of us to do!
I love how these verses end. Jesus opens the minds of the disciples to understand how the Scriptures had been fulfilled through Him and that they were all witnesses to it. But then Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem for the power of the Holy Spirit which the Father had promised them.
Jesus was preparing them with the goal of scattering and sending them to proclaim the Good News and to make disciples in all the nations. He assured them they would not be alone, because He was sending them the Holy Spirit. (To learn more about this promise being fulfilled, check out Acts 1.)
What does this mean for you and me?
Like the disciples, we go from knowing to understanding. It happens at different times for each of us. I believe we are to be faithfully in the Word of God, memorizing and meditating on it. I also believe we are to live out the Word of God, even if we don’t fully understand it. Remember, the disciples followed without understanding, and God eventually gave them understanding. He will do the same for you and me. We are all sent out to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. We do not go alone. We are promised the Holy Spirit as well.
- What is keeping you from sharing your faith in the every day?
- How much time are you dedicating to prayer and reading the Word of God?
- How much time are you dedicating to sharing that truth with others (believers and non-believers)?
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