“But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you” (John 16:4).
Great truths have a way of growing on you over time. I can still see my dad sitting down in his recliner in the living room, and saying, “There’s just not enough hours in the day.” What? Not enough hours? I didn’t get it.
Now, I’m married. Now, we’re raising 6 children. Now, my wife and I both work full-time and are active in our local church and community. My perspective is a little different now.
Now, I get it.
The teachings of Jesus are a lot like that. Seldom did his disciples fully grasp all he was saying. Much of it was beyond them. Some of what he talked about hadn’t even happened. Some of it took place in realms they couldn’t see. They didn’t get it.
And by design, they didn’t get it. God veiled some truths from them because of their great value. Things of great value are not to be trifled with. They deserve great respect. They can only be handled by hearts that will value and treat them accordingly:
“I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will” (Matthew 11:25-26, ESV).
On occasion, Jesus revealed the meaning of his dark sayings (cf. Matthew 13:18-23). For the most part, however, the greatest truths didn’t hit them till after the resurrection (Luke 24:3-8), and after the Holy Spirit was sent to them (John 14:26).
Only those of sincere faith were given knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom.
It is no different today.