Jesus Opens Spiritual Eyes
Sight in the natural sense is perhaps the most important of all of our human 5 senses. I have personally asked people how much money would they be willing to be given to them in exchange for both of their eyes and 100% of the people have rejected any amount of money in exchange of their eyes. It is utterly foolish for someone who is able to see to voluntarily give their eyes away so they could get something that will eventually perish. However, there is supernatural eyesight that is far more precious and important than natural eyesight because no matter how healthy the natural or physical eyes are they will soon close for good at the person’s sure appointment with the physical death of the body. The spiritual eyes of every soul will either be opened by the Lord Jesus Christ upon regeneration and new birth or else the spiritual eyes will remain closed and the soul will spend eternity weeping and gnashing their teeth in the torments of @#!*% and then the Lake of Fire forever. This reality of having ones spiritual eyes opened by the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important and the most serious thing there is in our the entire Universe.
As we enter into this last Chapter of Dr. Luke’s gospel, we find his record of our Lord’s resurrection from the grave. Dr. Luke is the only one of the 4 gospel writers that records in detail this encounter our Lord Jesus Christ had with these two men on the road to Emmaus. Now as these two men were walking this long distance home of 7 miles, our Lord confronts them and journeys along the road with them, but the Scripture says, Luke 24:16 “But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.” Here they are in the very presence of the One they mourned and were sad because of His death not having spiritual eyes to see. Our Lord had told His disciples for 3 years that He was going to be taken into custody and crucified on a Roman cross but He would rise from the dead after 3 days. Here it is the 3rd day since He was taken down from that cross and buried and these men who obviously were part of His followers spoke to Him of Him in the past tense by saying, Luke 24:19 “And He said to them, ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who WAS a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.” It is not clear from any of the other gospels how long these men were followers of our Lord Jesus but it is certain that they followed Him long enough to have heard Him speak of dying and then rising from the dead. Their understanding of the Old Testament was grossly erroneous just as the religious Jewish rulers thinking our Lord had come this first time to deliver Israel from Rome’s dominion and set Israel up as the Nation to rule over all other Nations (Luke 24:21).
Their spiritual eyes were shut and they were void of understanding from the Old Testament Word of God. Our Lord was so patient with these men and all of His followers during the 3 years they walked with Him but it so distressed Him that they had such a hard time believing His Words that were the same words He gave to the Old Testament Prophets long ago. The disciple’s spiritual eyes were closed to the true mission and purpose of Christ as the Messiah as well and this is what caused their sadness and the crushing let down they felt at the moment of His death. Our Lord took these two men like a Mother Hen does her brood and explained to them all of the Scripture that foretold His suffering, His death, and His triumphal resurrection that it appears just about every Jew miss-interpreted from the Scripture (Luke 24:27). Yet as our Lord walked and explained to them spiritual truth they were still undiscerning about who it was that walked and spoke with them. It is always Jesus who makes the initial contact with sinners and without Him moving toward us none of us would ever follow Him. It was the whole purpose of our Lord speaking to all people in Parables to conceal and reveal spiritual truth and only by Him explaining these truths to His true disciples even they could never comprehend or have eyes to see spiritual truth without the touch from the Master’s hand.
When our Lord spoke truth to these two men their hearts were so stirred in them like never before and they were brought to full illumination by the very power of the Word of God spoken from the lips of that very Word made flesh (Luke 24:30-32). It takes the Lord Jesus Christ as He operates now through the Holy Spirit to convince sinful men and women that they have offended Him alone. The spiritual eyes that are blinded by sin will never be opened by reformation or 12 steps, but on the contrary they can only be opened by the Creator of Life breathing new life into a spiritually dead soul and resurrecting it from the dead. What these men did after their hearts were burned from its dullness, deadness, and downcast state is clear and visible evidence of their renewed hearts, as they after having just walked 7 miles from Jerusalem home to Emmaus immediately got up and prepared supplies and went back to Jerusalem to spread the “good news” that Jesus Christ was alive from the dead (Luke 24:33-35). They told the original eleven disciples and everyone else who would listen what happened to them on the Road to Emmaus when they met the Resurrected Savior and their eyes were opened by the Lord Jesus to see the Lord Jesus and to speak only of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the heart’s desire and motivation of every truly regenerated son or daughter of God to spread the “good news” and give testimony of what happened to them when they met or had an Encounter with the Resurrected Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 1:3-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, WHOM HAVING NOT SEEN YOU LOVE. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith --- the salvation of your souls. NKJV
“[The natural life] knows that if the spiritual life gets hold of it, all its self-centredness and self-will are going to be killed and it is ready to fight tooth and nail to avoid that.” C. S. Lewis
“The Spiritual Life is the gift of the Living Spirit. The spiritual man is no mere development of the Natural man. He is a New Creation born from Above.” Henry Drummond
“If we know that the aim of the Holy Spirit is to lead man to the place of self-control, we shall not fall into passivity but shall make good progress in spiritual life. ‘The fruit of the Spirit is self-control.’” Watchman Nee
“We have come to a turning point in the road. If we turn to the right mayhap our children and our children’s children will go that way; but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to His Word.” Charles Spurgeon
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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