“And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.” Luke 24:35
Many times in the Bible, the eyes are used as examples, both literally and figuratively. Sometimes they represent good and sometimes evil. It is amazing what enters into the eyes that affect the mind, body, soul and spirit. David teaches us through God’s Word, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:” in Psalm 101:3a. The Bible teaches that the eyes are the mirror of the soul in Matt. 6:22-23, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” The scriptures go on to say that you cannot serve God and mammon, or, money, and those that try to get rich quick have an, “evil eye” in Prov. 28:22, “He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.” Consider Mark 7:20 that teaches us, “And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man” and lists an “evil eye” among those things that come out of the heart of man in the following verses. According to the scriptures, we are wicked to the core. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” However, when Jesus came to the earth, He touched the eyes of those that were blind. He made the blind eyes to see and the blinded the eyes of those that believed they were not sinners, such as the Pharisees and the house of Israel; Ezek. 12:2 says, “Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.” But, the Lord did open the eyes of those that were hungry for Truth. He used the scriptures to those who had eyes to see and ears to hear. He spoke and their eyes were opened unto His glorious light! He stirs each heart of those who yearn to observe the Truth, His Bread, broken for me and you.
On The Road With Saul
“And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.” (Cf. Acts 9.) In this account of the scriptures, a bright light had shone roundabout and knocked Saul down to the earth while he journeyed on his way; prepared with a warrant to further persecute the believers. Then, Saul heard Jesus, the very God of heaven speaking to him saying, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” He then arose and was lead into Damascus and was three days without sight. During this time, in another part of the city, God opened the eyes of another man, a Christian by the name of, Ananias. He was terrified when he heard who had arrived in their town. Ananias doubtless had already heard the news of Saul, that vicious persecutor of renown who breathed out threatening and slaughter against the believers in this sect of The Christ. This was the same one who stood and watched with consent and even held the coats of those that had stoned righteous Stephen to death. This one was the killer of Christian people just like him. Could this have been a well planned trap? But, Jesus had already spoken to this vile sinner back on the road into town and God opened Ananias’s eyes through a vision to tell him that this vicious killer was actually, “…a chosen vessel unto me…” So, Ananias, by faith and commandment, came unto “Brother” Saul, and placed his hands on him. The Lord opened Saul’s eyes to the Truth and the scales, which darkened his vision, fell from his eyes. Saul was then “forthwith” baptized, professing Jesus as Christ. What a thrill that must have been to Ananias and the others! What an amazing change! Saul, who was admittedly one of the vilest persecutors of Christians and, by his own admission, “the chiefest of sinners”, was gloriously converted after having his eyes opened by Jesus Christ Himself. Appropriately, Ananias’ eyes were also opened by his Lord and Saviour to strengthen his faith.
On The Road To Emmaus
Luke 24 is an amazing chapter of the events beginning early in the morning three days after Jesus’ death. We pick up the story where two people were walking along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus, about the distance of 12 km’s, remorsefully discussing the events that transpired over the past few days. They discussed how they, “… trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done”; v. 21. At this point, along comes Jesus, but they did not recognize Him because; “…their eyes were holden that they should not know him.” the word, “holden”, meaning, in the archaic, to be “covered”. But, they could not even see the Truth standing right there in front of their eyes, walking and talking with them! So, as they travelled along that dusty road together, Jesus taught them; “… beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” They were so filled, in fact, that they “constrained” Him to turn in with them. Now, observe the miracle: Jesus broke the bread, “And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.” V.31. Could you just imagine how they must have felt at that moment! They must have nearly exploded inwardly and outwardly, exclaiming to one another for what they just witnessed! All of their worries and claims must have returned to their memories; YES! They were right! They knew He was the Messiah prophesied by the prophets! Their faith increased exponentially in that very instant. Later on, they would be in one accord saying, “… Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” v.32. Jesus shows us of Himself through the breaking of the bread of the scriptures. We must feed on that living bread daily or, spiritually speaking, we will starve. These men marveled, “And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.” Luke 24:35. Imagine, Jesus opening your eyes to the scriptures? Well, my dear friends, open your Bible and He will open your eyes just as well!
On The Road of Life
It has been said, ‘there is none so blind as one who will not see’. The Bible also speaks of those who refuse to see; the Scribes, Pharisees and Lawyers who thought they were so pure and clean in their own sight that they did not believe they were sick and needy sinners. These ones lived in darkness, blinded by their own good works, their pride, arrogance and hypocrisy. They refused to admit they were vile and undone before a perfect and spotless God. There have always been these Pharisees in society, even from the Old Testament times of the Bible until now. You see, there are those who are deathly ill, but will not admit their need for the cure. They refuse to take it even with the doctor standing in front of them with a 100% guarantee. There are also those who see their state and humble themselves and admit their need that would come crawling for help, if necessary. They would give up everything to be cured. Sinners such as us must admit we are in need of this cure. The Glorious Light of God’s Word clearly teaches us that we are sinners and need a Saviour. If we have not Jesus, we have no light, but continue to live in darkness. It is not until that darkness is pierced by the light that the darkness flees away.
“But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matt.6:23
We must let the light of His Word shine in and touch our hearts with the Truth that we are lonely and hopeless sinners. Rom 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” How putrid we must appear before a perfect God? Not just dirty, but vile to the core without any good to offer. The Bible teaches that even all of our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. It is not until we finally accept the truth of what we look like in God’s eyes that we will beg for forgiveness and accept His free gift, the blood of His only begotten Son, which without there is no remission of sins. He will never turn you away. Paul called himself the chiefest of sinners, and God accepted him. He will accept you too if you will but humble yourself.
Just like the song says, “Jesus is tenderly calling thee home— Calling today, calling today! Why from the sunshine of love wilt thou roam, Farther and farther away?” Perhaps you have not yet accepted Him. Jesus is calling for you! Have you yet humbled yourself to admit your need? To be cleansed from your sin to have eternal life? Even as believers, our eyes can be opened to a greater faith if we continually feed on His Bread. Jesus opened the eyes of those to see His glorious light and broke the bread for all of us. Our eyes can be opened as well as them. Would you let Jesus open your eyes to the Truth today?
Jesus is tenderly calling thee home—
Calling today, calling today!
Why from the sunshine of love wilt thou roam,
Farther and farther away?
Calling today! calling today!
Jesus is calling, is tenderly calling today!
Jesus is calling the weary to rest,
Calling today! calling today!
Bring Him thy burden and thou shalt be blest:
He will not turn thee away.
Jesus is waiting, O come to Him now!
Waiting today! waiting today!
Come with thy sins, at His feet lowly bow;
Come, and no longer delay.
Jesus is pleading, O list to His voice!
Hear Him today! hear Him today!
They who believe on His name shall rejoice:
Quickly arise, come away!
~Fanny Crosby & George Stebbins, 1883
© 2014 Remi Fernhout