I borrowed a line from my son on Easter Sunday:
“The resurrection was the greatest fourth quarter comeback in history.”
If that’s the case, then the 50 days between the resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was the longest post-game wrap-up ever.
Those poor disciples.
They spent most of their three year internship with Jesus a few steps behind.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Don’t you understand?'” (Mark 4:13)
“Do you still not understand?” (Mark 8:21)
“But they did not understand what He meant and were afraid to ask Him.” (Mark 9:32)
“They kept asking, ‘What does He mean? We don’t understand what He is saying.'” (John 16:18)
For three days they hid out, fearing for their lives after the crucifixion of their Teacher.
For forty days, the resurrected Jesus popped in and out of their gatherings, alive and well and….unexplainable.
For another ten days they waited for……something. Jesus said, “wait” so they hunkered down in Jerusalem not even knowing what they were waiting for.
That’s a long time for eleven men to sit around.
I hope one of them remembered Jesus’ words from their last meal with Him:
“You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” (John 13:7)
I often feel like I’m two (or twenty) steps behind Jesus. I wonder why He makes me wait so much. I wish there were more explanations for the crazy things that happen in my life and in the world.
The disciples obeyed and waited and, before long, they “got” it. That’s what it looks like to be a follower of the Risen Christ. When I get a little farther along, more understanding will come to me, too. I just need to keep moving along, to get a little farther than yesterday —
don’t stop, keep walking.
This week, this is my story, this is my song.
“Farther along we’ll know all about it. Farther along we’ll understand why. So cheer up, my brothers, live in the sunshine. We’ll understand this, all by and by.”
“Farther Along” by Josh Garrels