In our last visit we began developing an outline in our study of Luke 24. Under the title: He opened their minds! We amplified the first point, encountering them. Let’s now amplify the second point, enlightening them.
The women were enlightened when Jesus was not in the tomb and an angel told them “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!” He reminded them of what Jesus had predicted, and suddenly the light of truth dawned in their minds.
He first enlightened the disciples by having the women share what they experienced. “They did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.” When Peter went to the tomb and found it empty, he started wondering to himself what had happened. Later that day Jesus encountered him. There are no details about this encounter, but the evidence enlightened him.
A more detailed enlightenment happened when Jesus surreptitiously joined two men on their way to Emmaus. As He often did when engaging someone in conversation He began with a question, “What are you discussing?” They discouragingly replied, “Are you only a visitor in Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” Jesus asked, “What things?” Their response exposed their misunderstanding of who Jesus was and His mission. With that, Jesus began enlightening them. We’ll expand on this in our next visit.