fredag 28. april 2017

The ‘AHA’ experience – a time for everything

It is always a good experience when the pieces fall into place. Jesus knew this, and I think that is why he gave the disciples the extra 40 days of teaching after Easter. Luke, who ‘carefully investigated everything’ (1) to be able write his gospel, describes the ‘AHA’ experience of the disciples in this way:
“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 Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day”
Luke 24:44-46
I wonder what kind of material Lukas relied on when he wrote this interesting sentence: Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 

I choose to believe that it was the disciples' testimonies about how they suddenly saw the very important connection between the Scriptures, what had happened to Jesus and their own role in it all.

Perhaps the best way they could describe the 'AHA' experience, was to say that Jesus must have opened their minds?

For three years they had walked with him and tried to understand. When they did not understand, somehow they lost themselves in a way, because they chose to follow him despite of not understanding why. Once the pieces suddenly fell into place, they found themselves in a new insight, a new revelation, a new life (2). This was a very important preparation for the empowerment that should come in the near future, an event that also is anchored in the Scriptures. Christian faith without a Scriptural foundation is an impossible thought to me.

‘Manna’ for today:

I see the connection between the mission of Jesus and the Scriptures
(1) Luke 1:3-4
(2) See: “Knowing what to ‘lose my life’ means”
* 'A time for everything' is connected with the Bible's teaching about a 'season for every activity' Eccl 3 This series is about the teaching in the time between Easter and Pentecost.  

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