WE DON’T UNDERSTAND

MUSINGS – September 05

P 2018

WE DON’T UNDERSTAND

John 16:16-18
“In a little while you won’t see me anymore. Then in a little while you will see me again.” Some of his disciples said to each other, “What does he mean? He tells us that in a little while we won’t see him. Then he tells us that in a little while we will see him again and that he’s going to the Father.” So they were asking each other, “What does he mean when he says, ‘In a little while’? We don’t understand what he’s talking about.”

.Romans 11:33-34
Oh, the depths of the richness of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable are his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?

1 Corinthians 2:14-16
But the animal nature of man does not perceive these things that are of the Spirit of God. For it is foolishness to him, and he is not able to understand it, because it must be examined spiritually. But the spiritual nature of man judges all things, and he himself may be judged by no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, so that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

The disciples, after being with Jesus for years, didn’t understand his saying. They pooled their ignorance and came up blank.

After his crucifixion they were dazed and confused. They didn’t believe it when he came back to life and thought his body had been stolen. Even in those last moments, after he had commanded them to go spread the word and teach everyone, they stood transfixed watching him asend into the clouds. Until an angel asked, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, shall return in just the same way that you have seen him going up to heaven.”

It wasn’t until the Holy Spirit filled them that they finally could say, “But we have the mind of Christ.”

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