While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, ‘Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.’ But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
Bad news. Frightening news. Life-changing news. None of us like receiving the kind of news that Jesus is giving to his followers in this short passage. In fact, we’d probably much rather have fake news than the truth He is trying to tell them. Isn’t Christianity supposed to be about the Good News? And aren’t we supposed to put a positive spin on everything?
Well, perhaps not. Because there is always going to be both bad and good things in our lives. And sometimes we have to face up to and deal with the bad things honestly if we’re going to be the people God created us to be. Here, Jesus is telling His followers that His mission isn’t going to succeed and in fact He will be taken from them. How can this be true at the point when everything seems to be going so well? The disciples don’t want to understand it and are too afraid to ask. Wouldn’t we be the same? I know I certainly would.
However, there comes a point in everyone’s lives where we have to be brave enough and trusting enough to bring the negative issues out into the open and ask God for help with them. God is exactly the right Person to ask as He knows every single bad thing we have gone through and every single good thing too. With His help, we can deal with the bad things, and His grace alone can make good things come from them.
Dear God, help us to trust You with the pain and darkness in our lives, so that Your grace and power can turn them into blessings. Amen.