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EBC EXTRA for Wednesday, February 24th
Lenten Hour, Minutes 11-20:
This Lenten season, EBC takes a mid-week look at the Gospel of Luke for each Wednesday. EBC invites you to commit 10 minutes a week throughout Lent for your own quiet reflection on your relationship with God.
Reading: Luke 18:31-34
Then he took the twelve aside and 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 handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
What Jesus Said Was Hidden
In Luke 18:31-33, parables are nowhere to be found. Jesus speaks to the disciples as plainly as possible. And yet, Luke 18:34 tells us, the disciples understood nothing, “in fact, what he said was hidden from them.” Who did the hiding and why?
What if God was doing the hiding?
Do you picture God “hiding” the message here? After all, Luke already made clear that the Holy Spirit would come to the disciples to help them with what they are to say. (Luke 12:11-12) If God had wanted the disciples to understand right then, surely that would have happened! Perhaps the disciples were not ready to understand the truth? Perhaps God was not ready for them to understand the truth? How differently might Jesus’ death and resurrection have occurred if the disciples had truly understood Jesus’ words before ever getting to Jerusalem?
What if we are doing the hiding?
What if the disciples, and we, are hiding from the true meaning of Jesus’ words? (After all, to receive the Holy Spirit, we need only ask! (Luke 11:13)) To the disciples, the Son of Man was to have been a Messiah arriving in glory. Perhaps the disciples simply liked their own, pre-conceived idea of Jesus the Messiah better than what Jesus was telling them? How often do we “massage God’s message” to fit more neatly in our own ideas of who we are, what is “supposed to happen,” and what God wants from (and for) us?
When God wants you to listen, are you ready to hear and understand?