If you have ever been around a mother cat with new-born kittens, you know kittens are born with their eyes tightly closed. They cannot survive without the mother nudging them and helping them find her nourishing milk. Their survival depends upon the one who cares for them.
Spiritually, it is the same for us. Our spiritual life depends upon our Heavenly Father nudging us to read His word and the Holy Spirit revealing to us the identity of the Son. An example of this is found in Luke chapter 24.
After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They walked the road with Him and talked with Him, but they had no idea with whom they were walking.
They considered themselves disciples of Christ, but only thought they knew Him, when in truth, they did not recognize Him.
Interestingly, Jesus did not identify himself. Instead, He spoke of Himself in the third person.
Luke 24:25 And He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?”
Christ asked the men didn’t they, being disciples, understand that the prophets taught Christ would do two things:
- Christ would suffer (Isaiah 53:5).*
- Christ would enter into His glory (Matthew 25:31, Matthew 19:28).*
Certainly these disciples were interested in Christ and probably knew what was written by the prophets. They were discussing the events that had taken place in Jerusalem. Yet, they were like the new-born kittens. Their spiritual eyes had not been opened.
Jesus could have just said, “Don’t you know who I am and what I just did?” He didn’t do that then and doesn’t do that today. Christ allows us to come to know Him by the revealing work of the Holy Spirit. Then, we, like the two men on the road to Emmaus, will truly come to know Him. Shortly after Jesus spoke these words to the men, the Bible tells us that Jesus took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. They confessed that their hearts “burned within”, while He spoke. At that moment something marvelous happened.
Luke 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And He vanished from their sight.
Once our spiritual eyes are opened, and we see Him we, too, will also recognize Him. The Bible teaches that those who belong to Christ come to know Him as He is:
If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:7
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father… John 14:9b
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17
I find in these verses that Jesus tells me when I see Him, I see and know the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen