The Disciples Did Not Understand



Richard Fisher

          “The first section was studying the time-space relationship later formulated by Einstein as his Theory of Relativity.  The text was complex and, being unable to comprehend it, I committed the pages to memory.  When I was called upon to recite, I solemnly reeled off almost word for word what the book said.  Our instructor, Colonel Fieberger, looked at me somewhat quizzically and asked, ’Do you understand this theory?’   It was a bad moment for me, but I did not hesitate in replying,  "No, sir."  You could have heard a pin drop.  I braced myself and waited.  And then the slow words of the professor:  ‘Neither do I, Mr. MacArthur.  Section dismissed.’" 

        The disciples did not always understand Jesus’ teachings.  Notice what Jesus taught His disciples sometime before Good Friday and Easter.  Luke 18:31-33 "Jesus took the twelve aside & told them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.  He will be handed over to the Gentiles.  They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him.  On the third day he will rise again.’”   It is clear by their words and actions that the disciples did not understand what Jesus was saying.  Before we come down too hard on the disciples, how many who have heard the Easter message understand?  But then the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts, and we begin to realize that this is a personal message.  We confess Jesus as our Savior & become His disciples.  Then what used to be foolishness is now wisdom.  What used to be weakness is now power & strength.  Suddenly, it all makes sense.

      Christ is Alive!!  He can be alive in your heart if you will ask forgiveness of your sins and by faith invite Him into your life.  Then you will understand the God’s love, peace and so many other blessings.