Here Jesus is explaining the Scriptures to Jewish men, who knew the biblical prophecies well, but failed to understand that His sufferings was His path to glory. My brother, my sister, your suffering of today may not be caused by an evil spirit disturbing your life: it could be a path leading you to see God’s glory in your life tomorrow! Just like these Jewish men, we are sometimes so much caught up in the world’s values of achievement, power and success that we become blind to the values of God’s Kingdom.
The Bible says: the last will be first (Matthew 20:16) and that life grows out of death (1 John 3:14). Though the world has evolved at its own pace, it will never be able to change any of God’s values. Nowadays, the suffering servant of the Lord is no more popular than he was 2000 years ago. In the contrary, people tend to run away from suffering servants of Christ and would rather run to those who look well-off! But, we have not only the the witness of the Old Testament prophets; we also have the witness of the New Testament apostles and the History of the Christian church testifying to the sufferings, then to Jesus’ victory over death. Yes, God’s glory comes after we have lost every thing the world offered us, because God does not share His divine glory with the world’s “glory”! That is the reason why we are asked not to be conformed to the values of the world’s cultures. Instead we should confront them and put oour faith in Christ in action, for that is where lies the glory of God. My friend, the glory of God is found in His presence and we have all fallen short of it (Romans 3:23). Yet, Jesus reminds us this: “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40). But the truth is, do we really do what it takes to be able to see the glory of God in the land of the living? Do we endure because of our faith and wait patiently on the Lord’s time to see His glory shine upon us, or do we try to push things to make them happen?
You see, many believers still trust in their own capacity of doing things, in earthly things, earthly relationships, their own powers or talents or beauty, or the goodness they see in others. Yet, God wants us to trust in Him alone, so that He can show us His glory, His throne of grace, in order for us to have transformed lives. My friend, Ezekiel saw the glory of God hovering over the people of Israel (Ezekiel 11:22-23). We too can see it and live to see this glory by drawing nearer to the Lord every day, for “we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). My friend, are you thirsty to see God’s glory that is embodied by the beauty of His Spirit in your life? It is not easy, but a willing spirit will be able to endure as long as it is lead by the Spirit of God. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.