Matt. 19-20~ Not ready to understand~ Day 10
Matthew, the tax collector, was the eye witness to these events we are reading. These are his personal memories. So, today we read that he remembers that Jesus took the “12 disciples aside and said to them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed…’“ (20:17-18)
Can you imagine how confused those 12 would have been? Or how much denial they were experiencing?
When Luke relates the story, he says, “The disciples did not understand any of this. It’s meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about. (Luke 18:34)
OK, this analogy may seem silly, but it helps me to understand how they couldn’t believe what Jesus said.
I remember when my oldest son was about 6 years old. I got a book called, Is Santa Real? I read the book with him a few months before Christmas. The book doesn’t out-right give an answer, but, he is a sharp kid, so he figured out.
Him: “Wait a minute…St. Nick died?”
Me: ”Yeees, he did.”
Him: ”So, Santa is dead?”…..
Me: Uh-oh, What do I say in response now? “Well, yees, St. Nick died,...but his spirit of giving is alive still.” 🙄
He got silent…and we moved on. We didn’t talk about it again. When Christmas came around, he showed no signs of remembering the book. He still fully believed in Santa! He had no recollection of our conversation. His little brain was not ready to accept the truth….so it didn’t.
That’s what I think happened with the disciples. Jesus warned them, but their little brains weren’t ready to process it.
It was after Jesus actually died that they started to figure out all that Jesus had said to them (John 2:22 and 14:25). The Holy Spirit continued to teach them, just as He teaches us today.
I think this section stood out to me because it made me sad for Judas. He was one of the 12 who didn’t understand what Jesus was saying. It’s too bad he killed himself (ch. 27) in his grief. He missed out on any chance of restoration and continued teaching from the Holy Spirit. 😔