“At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him” (John 12:16).
How many times do you have to watch a good movie before you catch all of the twists and turns of the unfolding plot? In the most recent Sherlock Holmes remakes of 2009 and 2011, these suspense/action thrillers captivate the audience like no other. At various mom ents in the movie, Detective Holmes has flashbacks that uncover missed clues in his sleuthing. Something new is revealed to the careful observer each time. During the climax of the movie, Holmes unveils to the audience and the villain how he pieced the whole mystery together, one clue at a time. I believe this is what John is getting at in verse sixteen of chapter twelve in Jesus’ Triumphal Entry. The sequence of events and details of Jesus’ final ascent to Jerusalem were not mapped out in a pre-planned meeting with his disciples. Like in a good movie, they come together naturally as fulfillments to old testament prophecies related to the much anticipated messiah. Not until they looked back at the whole narrative of Jesus’ life did they recognize who He really was. These were “Aha” moments in their lives. John says, “Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him” (Jn. 12:16b). I believe that is how God is in our lives as well. Until Jesus is glorified in our lives will we make these wonderful discoveries as to how, when, why, and where He has been
actively involved in our lives. Hold on to your faith and see how God’s plan unfolds for you with each perceiving revelation.
Watching for Jesus,