22 When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. 23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief. Matthew 17:22-23
As Jesus neared His time on earth, the disciples were finally getting it. It was still a bit of a mystery how it would all end up even though He was painting the picture with each lesson. His constant everyday actions and teachings were settling in. Yes, they had given up everything for Him, but things were clicking, and they didn’t like it.
How would they survive?
How would they cope?
Jesus would later reveal the Comforter – the Third Person of the Trinity – to them, but they would have to manage with the Second Person, the Son of God.
We know what is recorded in Scripture but what about those unscripted moments, the times they would gather around a campfire at night, for instance, or the many miles they walked together?
- What did they talk about? Sports? Family?
- Were they nervous?
- Did they tell jokes in His presence?
- Did they ask questions about the Father and the Spirit?
- Did they ask about Heaven?
- Did they ask what it was like to be the Son of God?
We’ll never know the answers to any of those because just as Jesus told the Three to keep mum about the Transfiguration, He might have sworn His disciples to secrecy, sort of a “What is Said on the Road to Jerusalem Stays on the Road to Jerusalem” moment.
Today is a time of wondering about the Savior.
What questions would you ask Him if you had walked side by side with Him for three years?
What burning issue would you bring up?
I suspect many of those questions are what you’re battling right now.
We can still bring them up to Him.
In fact, He invites us to do just that.