The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.” The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?” John 7:32-36
Jesus always let His followers know that His time on earth was short. The problem was that they just did not understand. Today when He said that He would be with them only a little while and then where He went they could not follow had the Jews debating what He meant and where he was going.
Some thought that Jesus was going to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach there. Ever since the Babylonian exile, the Jews were no longer living just in Palestine. So the idea that Jesus might go out to preach to the Jews living elsewhere was a farfetched idea. Still, they missed what Jesus was trying to tell them. He was leaving no to go teach in another land but to His death and the grave, a place they could not follow. But more than that He was going to be resurrected and then go home to heaven, once again where they could not follow on their own.
In hindsight it is easy to see how they missed what Jesus said and I know I am at times guilty of thinking, how could they not understand. Of course it is a lot easier when I have the entire new testament to read. Yet, I think about how many times, even with God’s completed Word, I misunderstand what He is saying. Or just maybe, I just don’t want to understand. If I don’t understand then I can go on living life as usual, no cares. Understanding, now that causes problems. When I understand Jesus then I know I have to change my life. It can no longer be business as usual.
He asks a lot of His followers. He asks that we turn our lives completely over to Him. That is hard. Every day I find some part of my life I would just as soon keep to myself. I will let Him have this part but I want to keep that part. But He does not want parts of me, He wants all. I guess that is understandable since he gave all for me. Still I give up pieces of my life grudgingly thinking I can handle this even when I know deep down I can’t.
He went where they could not follow in order to prepare a way for all to follow if only they choose to follow Him.
Have a blessed day,