Notes from the Journey with the Disciples – 256

  1. “I have told you now, before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe” (John 14:29).

Here, of course, Jesus is speaking of His death. He has tried repeatedly to prepare His disciples for what they could never be prepared for. But He knew that such a trauma would overwhelm and potentially do irreparable damage to their faith, so He continues the effort of explanation. Usually in life, however, we don’t get such warning. In fact, most of life must be interpreted in the moment. We didn’t know an illness or a loved one’s death was just around the corner. We weren’t expecting a job reversal or a relationship begin floundering. We didn’t know, we weren’t ready, but we must continue to believe. Later, Jesus would say of the resurrection that “blessed are those who have not seen (meaning His resurrected body) and yet believe.” Perhaps we could also infer that those who had no warning of life’s impending difficulty, but yet believe are also to be blessed.

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