Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,
– Luke 24:45
Many of us have been Christians for decades. We know who Jesus is, what He did, and why it matters. And, because we have known it for so long, we forget that it is a miracle that we understand anything of the sort.
The apostles, the men who spent years with Jesus, believed that he was the Son of God, the Messiah, the Promised One, the fulfillment of prophecy and savior of the world. Yet, they could not grasp, in their natural minds, the meaning of His death, burial, and resurrection. He had to reveal to them that this was always the plan of God. He had to open their minds to the truth that this was always the point. And, Jesus repeatedly rebuked the apostles for not getting the truth. He had to show them that it was not a “learned” truth. It was a revealed truth. And only God Himself can reveal it.
Do you appreciate that you know and understand the Gospel of Jesus only because God revealed it to you? And, if you don’t understand why the death and resurrection of Jesus matters, do you realize that God has not yet opened your eyes?
It can be clearly seen that God has not opened the eyes of those who are outside of God’s people, as they think the whole of Christianity is bound up in rules and regulations. They think that Jesus was a moral man to imitate and that much of His life is a myth. God must open their eyes to see the truth.