I’m sometimes surprised by the hard time that Jesus’ disciples had in recognizing God’s plan unfolding directly around them. They had front row seats to the most important event in history and consistently failed to see God’s hand at work. Jesus, Emmanuel, God-with-us, was following the path prophesied hundreds of years prior. They verbally professed belief in Him as the Messiah, yet they lacked an awareness of events as they occurred in real time.
Here’s an example. In John 12, Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem is recorded. He has arrived at the time of the Passover celebration to serve as the true lamb-sacrifice. His death will free all who believe in Him from the penalty of their sin.
14 Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:
15 “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.
Look, your King is coming,
riding on a donkey’s colt.”
16 His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.
They didn’t understand at the time.
Jesus knew about their struggle with context and seeing the big picture. Shortly after His entry into Jerusalem, He demonstrated the posture of service that He intends us to take by washing His disciples’ feet.
6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” (John 13: 6-7)
You don’t understand now.
We are usually just as clueless as the disciples, but here’s the tremendous news. If you are struggling, if you are overwhelmed by seemingly impossible circumstances, if hope is lost, God remains at work. You don’t have to understand for God’s arms to be surrounding you, making the way clear for your rescue.
Take heart, friend, God is right here, right now and His plans are greater than you know (Isaiah 55: 8-9, Jeremiah 29: 11)!