“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them at the present time” (John 16:12).

Because of their present grief, and the lack of contextual experience regarding a messianic death, resurrection, and the coming of the Spirit, the disciples are too emotionally overwhelmed to understand the things for which Jesus is trying to prepare them. It’s not unlike our own deafness to the things being said at the funeral of a loved one. How often it seemingly is that, after having emerged from the other side of the difficult experience, our eyes are opened, and our minds illuminated by the Holy Spirit to an awareness of what had been God’s faithful provision through it all; deepening our confidence in God’s providential purposes, and strengthening us all the more for the future struggles waiting upon the horizon.

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