I enjoy movies. I especially enjoy movies where they make you think and ponder life. Because of this I love it when a movie has such a big twist at the end that it changes the way you view everything else that happened in the movie.
As I was reading about the early days of Jesus' ministry, it seems that this was how the disciples understood the work of Jesus. They didn't get it right away. They would listen and follow Him and get a little bit more. But it wasn't until the "big twist" of the resurrection that it all made sense to them.
I love how John dropped these little lines and statements even early on in his Gospel that show how they didn't get it right away. In John 2:19, Jesus says, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." John records that the disciples remembered that he said this after Jesus was raised from the dead. It was like after that they said, "That's what he meant."
Luckily, for us we sit on this side of the resurrection of Christ. We can see and understand things more clearly then the disciples did. Even though there are still things we don't understand about God because he has revealed himself to us through Jesus we have a better understanding then the generations before He came.
However in our daily lives, there are still those "ah-ha" moments where we learn something new about Jesus and things make a little bit more sense. Or we walk through a rough patch in life and we look back and see what God was doing. It can be amazing to see what happens when we look back and see how God was working all along, even if we didn't notice it earlier.
For us today, this should bring us great hope. It ought to give us hope that even those that walked with Jesus didn't get it right away. But we see that as they trusted and followed Jesus it became clear to them. It also ought to give us hope if we are in the midst of one of those parts of our lives where we struggle to understand Jesus, that we can still trust him. That by his grace as we humbly obey him, we can trust that all will be revealed in it's proper time.
Paul reminds us of this in 1 Corinthians 13:12, "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known."
Even more interesting is that when Paul writes these words it is a part of him talking about love. What he is reminding the Corinthians is that even though we don't understand everything about Jesus, by faith, we live and love with hope. Knowing that when Jesus does return, we will have that "ah ha" moment and all will make sense.
So we press on and we discover Jesus as the resurrected Lord and coming King even when we don't see how it will all go.