“I am telling you before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He.” John 13:19
These are the words lingering in my heart this morning. Jesus stated a version of this statement many times. “Prediction” was one of his go to teaching methods.
I also thought about how Jesus, himself, was the living, breathing, walking come true prediction. The prophet Isaiah told us with incredible accuracy, all about the Savior of the world 600 years before he even arrived on the scene.
This is what you need to look for, this is where He will come from, this is how He will live, this is how He will die, this is how He will save. (Isaiah 53)
It’s no wonder that Jesus, the come true prediction, uses prediction to teach his generation and future generations too. Predications that play out accurately cause us to pause and ponder. And the purpose is to produce in us solid and secure belief. These moments along the journey are faith and trust building moments. These moments are designed to point our hearts to the glory of God.
Jesus the come true prediction carried out his rescue mission and all the while he taught with plenty of I am telling you the future moments.
This is what is about to happen. I am going to allow it to happen because what you will receive from… experiencing it, observing it, living it …will be invaluable.
And what’s the “invaluable gift” Jesus is attempting to give His audience by reading the future?
I’m am telling you before it happens (even though it might be difficult or painful or confusing) so that you believe that I am He.
Belief in the I AM HE is the gift of all gifts.
And, it’s the only gift that helps us make sense and wrap our brains and hearts around the pain and the struggle and the hurt in this life.
I read a great quote a few days ago.
“If you ask people who don’t believe in God why they don’t, the number one reason will be suffering. If you ask people who believe in God when they grew most spiritually, the number one answer will be suffering.”– John Ortberg.
We don’t understand God’s delays. And yet, these delays are always meant to accomplish one thing: A deeper dependence on Jesus and a firmer grasp of His love for us. I think about the death of Lazarus and the reason why Jesus delayed coming to prevent that death when he first heard the news.
“When Jesus heard it, He said, “This sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” (PREDICTION) Now Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus. so when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. Then after that, He said to the disciples, “Let’s go to Judea again.” John 11: 4-7
Do you see that?
“Now Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus. so when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.“
We would expect that to read…So when He heard that he was sick, He rushed immediately to get there.
But it doesn’t. Pain and suffering was the avenue Jesus used to grow the faith of his friends who he loved dearly. Why? Because Jesus can see the whole picture. We think we know what we need…but Jesus…BUT JESUS knows what we need. He gives us not what we think we need but what we truly need. He did it here. He did it on the cross too. This is love.