Read Luke 9:1-36
By this time in the ministry of Christ, the twelve disciples had spent months with the Savior. They had watched His methods and listened to His message. Now it was time for them to engage in His ministry…without Him. They were to proclaim the kingdom, preach the gospel, and heal people. They went out as His ambassadors.
Even though they represented Christ, how well did they really know Him?
- Well enough to be used by Him in tremendous ways. (vv. 6, 10)
- Well enough to identify Him as the Christ. (vv. 18-27)
- Apparently not yet well enough to understand the necessity of the crucifixion. (Matthew 16:13-23).
- Not well enough to trust Him for feeding the thousands. (vv. 10-17)
- Not yet well enough to grasp the full gravity of His glorious transfiguration. (vv. 28-36)
You see, even though they had shared some experiences with Christ…and even though they had been used by Him…and even though they had grasped some fundamental truths about His identity, they still had a desperate need to continue to “listen to Him” (v. 35). There were still new realities to grasp, implications to understand, and a Savior to get to know at deeper levels.
It is true for all of us. Regardless of how many years we have followed, how often we have read, how we may have been used, the need still remains for us to listen, to learn, to obey, to worship in new ways and more completely in areas of which we are already aware. It is a lifelong journey of wonder…so much so that Paul, near the end of His ministry, conveyed his passionate desire to grasp still more about the Savior—even about the familiar Easter story (Phil. 3:10). Similarly, he wrote to the Ephesians saying, “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17-19).
Keep listening and learning!