Some of the disciples asked each other, “What does he mean when he says, ‘In a little while you won’t see me, but then you will see me,’ and ‘I am going to the Father’? And what does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand.” (John 16:17-18)
Relate: Hindsight is 20-20. It is easy for us to sit back and look at what Jesus was talking about and see how this all makes sense. It is easy for us to look at the disciples and be like… “Duh”, but what would it have been like to be listening to Jesus on that last day without the ability to know what exactly is coming? What would it have been like for Jesus trying to tell His disciples just enough for them to know that He knew what was coming without telling them so much that they get too scared and run away early… Or try something stupid like chopping someone’s ear off. Oh wait.
Have you ever been in a situation like that? Have you ever had to tell something to the kids they didn’t want to but still needed to hear? Have you ever had difficulty trying to explain something to a friend that barely makes sense to you? If so, then you can begin to understand a bit the information gap between what Jesus was sharing and what His disciples were grasping. They were almost there but… not… quite.
React: His disciples had walked with Him and talked with Him for years now. They were there for His most intimate moments. They got the behind the scenes scoop to all His teachings and miracles. They had shared literally thousands of meals and the ensuing conversations that take place around the table. They walked out life with Jesus. Even still they just didn’t get it.
When Jesus finally gets down to the last few hours of His life, He was basically walking alone. Yes, they were all still there for a short while, but they weren’t there. Soon they would all fall asleep on Him. Then most would all run away. John would later follow along the entire road with the women, but only at a distance. Jesus surrender included everything, even companionship and understanding. This was a rough Thursday night leading to a horrific Friday… Sunday was coming.
God, I want to follow You wherever You lead. There are many good things that You have given me: health, friendship, security… I give them all back to You. I surrender everything. Do with it as You will. I want to live only for Your leading and Your glory.