clueless | John 12.16
His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.
John 12:16 | ESV
His followers – along with everyone else that day, for that matter – were clueless at the time about what was really happening. They would connect the dots later – give it a little more than month after his resurrection and ascension – then they remembered what had happened this day, what the ancient prophets had written so long before, what they and the crowds had seen and done with him that day, and they put all the pieces together. MAV (Mike’s Amplified Version)
It has to be one of the more comforting facts about the God we read of in Scripture: he doesn’t need us to understand what’s going on to accomplish (through our blind stumbling about) what he intended all along. Which isn’t to encourage ignorance or sloth on our part by any means. Just confidence that God, as producer, director, and main actor, pulls off the play he had intended all along, regardless how well we understand and play our part or how flawlessly we recite our lines. Paul puts it this way to the Corinthians, who put such a high premium on wisdom:
We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. 1 Corinthians 2:6-9 Message Bible
Peter takes it even further and says that the rulers, not understanding the prophets, fulfilled them by their actions in killing Jesus.
Such comfort here!
The powerful play goes on, and we contribute a verse – the question always remaining what will that verse be? How much better to be the friend who is able to see the ebb and flow of the plan and then to enter the flow of it than to be the unwitting foe to it who in his opposition only furthers his plan anyway.
Which means, we need to look harder – both on the surface and beyond it.
“The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.” What will your verse be today?
Abba, fill me with fresh confidence by your Spirit today to contribute the verse, the line, the part, that you would intend. Free me from overanxious concern with how well I’m carrying my role; replace that with a deepening awareness that there are no throwaway lines in your kingdom. All is used, all is woven together. Help me to see that, to believe that, and to trust you as I play my part today. Through Christ.