And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. (Luke 24:30–31 KJV)
One of my favorite childhood games was hide-and-go-seek. I’m sure you all played it, too—or at least some variation of it. The game involves closing your eyes and counting to a certain number while your friends run and hide. Once you finish counting, you are supposed to shout, “Ready or not, here I come!” and start looking. If your friends are really, really good, they can hide from you in plain sight! But when they crawl out from under the couch or slip out of a closet to dash toward base, your eyes are opened—and you know exactly where they are.
Well, that’s a little like what the disciples experienced when Jesus opened their eyes to see Him for who He really was. (See Luke 24.) Prior to this experience, the disciples had a limited perspective. They saw Him as the Teacher, the Prophet, and the Rabbi—but not the Son of God. In essence, Christ was hidden from them in plain sight! But after their eyes were opened, they were illuminated to the truth of His heavenly identity. Shortly after this experience, Jesus vanished out of their sight (natural sight that is!), but the revelation of who He was remained. Now the disciples could see Him even more clearly in His absence than when He was physically present. They knew exactly who and where He was.
The word “opened” here comes from the Greek word dianoigō, which means “to open one’s soul, i.e., to arouse…understanding.” In that moment, the disciples received supernatural understanding. Many of us need a similar revelation of who Jesus really is. This spiritual sight must go beyond our religious experiences to a deeper and more profound revelation. God desires to open our eyes in the spiritual realm so that we will be able to understand and comprehend the will and purpose of God for our lives. Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:18, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.” What would happen if our loved ones received a revelation of the risen Christ, that He alone can forgive our sins and bring eternal life? What would happen if we did? Once we and the people we love open our eyes to the truth of the risen Christ, we will experience the supernatural power of God in our lives.
Father, in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, I thank You for who You are and all that You have done in my life. Thank You for opening my spiritual eyes to see the reality of Jesus in my life. I ask that my loved ones are illuminated by Your truth and transformed by the power of Your love. I declare that I walk in supernatural understanding and enlightenment in every area of my life. All spiritual blindness, darkness, and confusion must leave my life right now in Jesus’ name! Your Word is a “lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105); therefore, I declare that the Word of God enlightens my decisions, my thinking, my family, and my finances. Every area in my life is blessed because of the light of Your Word shining in and through it. My future and destiny are brighter because of Your truth. I declare that I will no longer yield to deception, falsehood, or wickedness in any area of my life. Jesus, I declare that You are the Lord of my life. I long to follow You and be Your disciple. I declare that, from this day forward, I will see You in the way the Word of God reveals You. My mind is opened and my soul is aroused to the revelation of Jesus Christ. Amen!