John 16.16-19 cont.
16 ”In a little while and you will not see Me, but after a little while you will see Me.
17 Then His disciples said to one another: “What is this that He says to us: “A little while and you will not see Me”, and again: “but after a little while you will see Me”? Also: “Because I am going to the Father?””
18 Then they said: “What is this that He is saying: “A little While?” We do not know what He is saying.”
19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask Him, so He said to them: “Are you asking amongst yourselves about what I said: “a little while and you will not see Me, and again after a little while and you will see Me?””
There have been many times in my life when I have not understood parts of the Bible, and I imagine that this will continue to be true until the day Jesus calls me home.
The disciples found themselves in a similar situation: they did not understand what Jesus had been saying to them. It didn’t make sense. It appeared that He was telling them that they wouldn’t see Him, but then in a short while they would see Him, because He goes to the Father.
They began to discuss this.
We are blessed to have the freedom to discuss the word of God. In our Bible Studies we spend time talking things that the Holy Spirit leads us to consider. This is good for us, because it allows us help one another discover the truth of God’s word and its’ relevance for us in the twenty-first century.
Times spent around the word of God are a valuable part of our life together in Jesus. It is one of the greatest aids to our becoming built up and mature in Christ. They are times when the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to see something of the mysteries of Christ.
Jesus knew that His disciples were struggling to understand what He had told them. Therefore, He breaks into their discussion.
In our lack of understanding Jesus does not leave us to drift away. Instead He comes to us.
There was a time when Jesus had sent His disciples away to cross the sea in a boat. From the shore Jesus could see that they were struggling against the wind. Jesus did not leave them to struggle, so He walked to them on the water. (This is the same occasion when Peter began to walk on water)
Although His disciples were initially afraid, as soon as Jesus got into the boat the wind died down and their fear subsided – Matthew 14.22-36.
Jesus came to them in their physical struggles against the wind, and He brought relief.
Similarly He does not walk by us when we are having difficulty understanding His words to us, but He comes to us, and He shows us as much as we need to know for what we are going through.