Spiritual Discernment

It is recorded in Luke's gospel that two of the disciples, journeying to Emmaus on the day of the resurrection, were joined by Jesus himself. So obsessed, however, was their thought with the belief that he was dead, that even after he had "expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself," "their eyes were holden that they should not know him." Changed though his appearance undoubtedly was by the exalting ordeal from which he had just emerged triumphant over the beliefs of darkness and death, the disciples' failure to identify their risen Lord was obviously due to a lack of spiritual discernment. It was, indeed, this mortal blindness to spiritual realities, only in an aggravated and more perverse form, which hardened the hearts of the Pharisees, and led the apathetic multitude to consent to the crucifixion of the Nazarene whose ministry had been largely devoted to the alleviation of their sufferings; and it is, in a final analysis, a like mental condition which has sealed the doom of men and races throughout the ages.

"Perceive ye not yet, neither understand? ... Having eyes, see ye not?" was the Master's pointed reprimand to the twelve on one occasion. "Where there is no vision, the people perish," exclaimed the writer of Proverbs. It was not Roman statecraft nor Grecian culture but this vision of the Hebrew prophets that foreshadowed the Savior of the world; not the Jewish hierarchy but the wise men who, seeking truth and its spiritual enlightenment, beheld the star of him who was to rule all nations; and it is the spiritually discerning among men to-day who see, beyond the tempestuous fury of warring beliefs, the rainbow of promise spanning a new heaven and earth.

The Message from Sinai
October 12, 1918

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