Good Morning Everyone,

18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18

Mathematics has never been my favorite subject.  Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, like every child in public school, I was taught to do simple arithmetic.  I learned how to count, how to add, subtract, multiply, and how to divide.  It was never a problem for me until 1964 when “New Math” was introduced into the classroom.  That’s when they lost me.  From that point forward I struggled with math, I just wasn’t able to wrap my head around it from then on.  Math became torturous for me, I hated math because I couldn’t understand it; it ceased to be any fun for me.  I don’t have a mathematical mind to begin with, my mind goes to the creative.  Somehow, and trust me, I don’t know how, I muddled through up to and including Algebra.  When math became an elective instead of a requirement, I opted out that same day.

Algebra, suddenly I was facing all of these equations and I was stumped.  Most of the problems seemed to have “X” and “Y” that we needed to solve for.  Well, for starters, what are “X” and “Y,” and why do they show up in almost every equation?  I just didn’t understand.  Fast forward 20 years to a Sunday morning where laying in bed I was channel surfing and looking for something to watch.  The only station I could get any kind of reception was a local PBS station and they were running a program about Algebra.  Great I thought, I ought to enjoy this, not!  But something remarkable happened, the show’s host started talking about “X” and “Y.”  Better still, he was illustrating “X” and “Y” using a graphic of two roads coming together at an intersection.  One of the roads was “X” and the other was “Y.”  Eureka!  It made perfect sense!  I can’t begin to tell you how great it felt to finally understand what “X” and “Y” actually were.  I heard angels singing and rejoicing that I finally understood!  Well, not really, but it was a revelation to me.  It only took 20 years, but I finally could understand.  

I went from being “informed,” to being “transformed,” and I’ll never forget the feeling.

The same can be true of God’s Word.  There’s a huge difference from being informed, reading God’s Word, and being transformed and understanding God’s Word.  It’s not something that happens overnight, but it does happen over time as you read and study God’s Word with discernment and understanding.

On the Road to Emmaus

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 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?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. – Luke 24:13-35.

Here were two of Jesus’ disciples who bore witness to everything that had happened that week in Jerusalem, who were taught by Jesus himself, who knew the scriptures, and yet did not understand what they had read, what they had heard or what they had seen with their own eyes.  Until that is, Jesus revealed himself to them and opened their hearts to understand his Word.

This is why it is so very important that you not only read God’s Word, but that you study his Word and prayerfully ask that he will reveal his Word to you.  When you begin to read God’s Word with understanding, when the Holy Spirit begins to reveal God’s Word to your heart, I promise that your life will change.  Reading your Bible will become a necessity for your soul; and what joy it will bring you as you understand what God is telling you.  Your eyes and heart will be open to see God in a new way and you will be changed.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2.

God promises that as you seek Him in his Word, he will transform you in a very real and Holy way – 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. – Ezekiel 36_26-27.

Today, as you consider God’s Word, as you believe in Christ Jesus, your Savior, your risen Lord, rejoice that you are at peace with God, that you are indeed, a redeemed child of God.

Prayer – Almighty God and Father, precious Lord and Savior, what a beautiful gift it is to be transformed by your Word. Renewed in heart and soul, we seek your face daily in your living Word. You promise to transform our hearts and to renew a right spirit within us. You promise a renewal of our minds so that our focus in life is always on Jesus; behold the old has passed and the new has come! We thank you and praise you for the gift of your Word. And, in this season of Easter, we thank you and praise you for our Risen Lord, Christ Jesus, who’s perfect life, innocent death and glorious resurrection has won for believers everywhere the gift of eternal life with you. Heavenly Father, draw us ever nearer to you and to our Savior in whose name we pray.  Amen and Amen.

May God bless you richly as you dwell on his word.

In His Service,

Joel