Updated: May 6
“He said to them, 'This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.'
Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, 'This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.'" (Luke 24:44-47, NIV).
In the Jewish tradition of Jesus’ time, as I understand it, every boy up to the age of twelve attended school and learned to memorize the Torah, the books of Moses. Meaning that Jesus’ disciples would have known the books of Moses, but they did not see Jesus in them. They did not see Him as the Trinity, nor did they see the prophecies about Him coming true before there very eyes. They were not as blessed as we are to have the Holy Spirit.
The word Epiphany has many meanings, all of which I believe happens in this passage when “He opened their minds so they could understand Scripture.”
Definition 1: Christian festival celebrating Jesus Christ's Divinity
Definition 2: sudden realization
Definition 3: appearance of God
Think about this, all three of these definitions are true within this one passage. They had the sudden realization; these realizations were in Christ, and they may have celebrated His divinity, and if not at this moment they would one day soon.
The wonderful thing about Scripture is that it’s one of the places where all three definitions of Epiphany come true. The celebration of Christ divinity, a sudden revelation, and an appearance of God all happen within the reading of it. The wondrous thing is that the same Spirit, the Holy Spirit, that inspired its writing is with you inspiring you within its reading, a bridge that not only breaches time and distance but also beliefs, theologies, and philosophies—a bridge across race, gender, malice, hatred, and indifference. The ultimate bridge of bridges and we get to experience it every time we sit down, quiet our minds and read the Word of God.
When you read Scripture are you doing it with an open heart and open mind? What was the last thing God revealed to you within Scripture? Have you tried praying before sitting down to read you Bible?