This is what God gave me today in His word:
And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said. (Luke 18:31-34)
Now, this is really rather shocking. Jesus told them bluntly that He was going to be “shamefully treated, mocked, and spit upon,” and that three days later He would rise from the dead. But yet, “they did not grasp what was said.” Of course, we know that the saying was hidden from them, but it simply seems absurd! … Or does it? Well, as there is a verse dedicated to the subject, perhaps it’s not so uncommon as all that:
3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
Satan, who is the god of this age, can blind people’s mind to the Gospel. Which is precisely why pastors can stand up and preach a sermon devoid of the Gospel, why those who believe in a doctrine of legalism can simultaneously believe themselves to be Christian’s. The Devil has blinded their minds to the Gospel, and so the only thing they can do or say is legalistic in nature.
But, what’s something we can do to keep Jesus’ death and Resurrection as our focus, and not wander off into other things?
Well, if we only fill our minds with the Gospel, the Gospel is the only thing that’ll come out of our mouths and actions. Filling ourself up with junk is a bad practice, both physically and Spiritually. If our focus is on something filthy (such as a dirty picture/movie, and anything else which would be considered morally wrong), then that’s what’s going to come out of us. As Luke puts it elsewhere:
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45)
The point being this: if we look for the Gospel in passages of Scripture, if we thank God constantly that He would give His son for us, to die and then three days later rise again, then the Devil will never be able to blind us to the cross.
You are Loved!