Then his disciples said, “At last you are speaking plainly and not figuratively.
Now we understand that you know everything, and there’s no need to question you.
From this we believe that you came from God.”
Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe?” (John 16:29-31)
Relate: I was so stinking frustrated. I had an excellent activity planned but this group of kids just wasn’t getting it. I explained it to the class and was met with blank looks. Now, I know that I wasn’t working with the brightest stars in the galaxy. It was often a struggle to try and adapt what would normally work with other kids in the same age bracket. Some things just had to be simpler, but this project was a winner. I had used it multiple times with other groups, even younger groups and it was always a big hit. Always. These poor kids just weren’t getting it.
I tried again to explain it and still… nothing. Finally, I figured I would just pass it out to the teams I had created and explain it to each one individually. Chaos ensued. I could see the light go on in one of the boys. I figured, I would let him explain it to the rest. No joy. The poor kid received the same blank looks I was getting. About ten minutes had already been wasted at this point and I was right about to give it up and scrap the game altogether when one of the girls, who never pays attention, cries out. I’ve played this before! So I called her up and had her and the other boy demonstrate it for the class. All around the room the light bulbs could be seen popping on above their dim heads.
React: I exaggerate for effect but if I were to write of that teaching experience as it was going down I am sure I would have been even more caustic. Few things are as frustrating as trying to explain something to someone who just doesn’t get it. They should get it. It is obvious. It is simple, but no matter how basic you break it down, no matter how many angles you approach it, they still just do not comprehend.
The disciples turned to Jesus and said, “We get it! Now we believe You are from God.” I can just picture Jesus’ response. “Seriously?!?! I have raised the dead, fed thousands, walked on water, healed lepers and blind and deaf and epileptics and more. I have cast out demons. I have preached countless sermons. For the past three years I have told you over and over again that I am the Bread of life, the Gate, the Good Shepherd, the Light of the World, that I AM… and you only now, finally, believe?!?!” Some people just…
How often am I included in that “some people”?
Please forgive me for my hard headed ignorance. I cannot imagine how many times You have been trying to teach me the same lesson over and over again but my reason, or my skepticism, or my sin is getting in the way of my being able to learn it. Strip all that away. Help me to see You clearly. Help me to know You as You are. Help me to understand all that You would have me learn.