Past, Present, and Future

“Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.  He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”  Luke 24:45-47.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Exodus 9-11, and Luke 24.

Wouldn’t it have been wonderful to be in the room when Jesus expounded on the past, present, and future!

Jesus referenced Old Testament verses that predicted what would happen.  He made the connections for them.

Jesus explained the purpose of His death.

Jesus talked about the coming inclination to tell everyone about what He had done and why He had done it.

Good stuff, for sure.

Maybe the key part to it all is the beginning: “Then he opened their minds.”  Without that happening it would have all been an unsolved riddle to the disciples.

God has the key to opening the Scripture for us.  How often do we recklessly use our own frameworks for guidelines.  We twist things to fit our current mindset.

I like the phrase, “repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”  We must realize that we are in a wrong place before the idea of getting out of the place appeals to us.  If we underestimate our sinfulness than Jesus dying for our sins is unimportant.  We can ignore the news without a problem.

Realizing that our sinfulness is a problem is a needed starting point. Then the news that Jesus took care of our sin problem might interest us and cause us to act accordingly.

“Father, I thank You for Your Word.  I ask for Your insights as I read it.  Hone my thoughts into Your Thoughts.  No other way will work.  I praise You for providing a way out of the consequences of my sinfulness.  I love You, Lord.”

God has had a plan from the beginning.  May we do everything to fit into whatever our part is in His plan.

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