It's Going to Get Messy!
Updated: Mar 26
Verses 19-20 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
What Jesus is telling His disciples in today's passage doesn't refer to what will happen on this particular trip but rather on what their future holds after He goes back to Heaven. They wouldn't have necessarily understood this at the time just as we don't always understand the leading He is giving us.
These were likely scary words to hear, they would have been at least unnerving. But notice why they are going to be tried, on Jesus' account. This was going to be a time of testing how devoted they were to Him. According to tradition only two of these disciples escaped death for their faith in Jesus-Judas, who killed himself because of what he had done to Jesus and John, whom Jesus had given His mother's care to. Although it wouldn't be a part of this trip it would be coming.
I love what Jesus tells them at this point. One of the ways we know that He was referring to what would be happening later is that Jesus mentions that they won't have to think up what to say because the Spirit of the Father will be speaking through them and that would have started happening after Pentecost. The same can be true for His followers today. When we are in tight situation as His followers we can lean on the Holy Spirit to know what to say. Often He will place a Scripture on our heart that will give us guidance and wisdom abut our situation. but of course we need to be learning the Bible for that to work. He can't remind us of something we don't know.
Making it personal
What would be your reaction if Jesus was saying these words to you today? Would you be up for the challenge? How willing are you today to follow where He is leading? How is your Bible verse memory work going?
Making it personal kids
Do you sometimes wonder what your mom and dad are telling you? Ask them. We will be learning in coming days how the disciples did start asking Jesus what He meant. Sometimes it then made sense to them and sometimes it didn't. Have you learned a Bible verse yet? Try to learn one today.
Father, help us remember that even when You tell us to do something that doesn't make sense to us, that Your ways are always best and You don't lie and won't mislead us. In Jesus' name, amen.