April 2nd Lenten Devotional

They Didn’t Get It

Bart Roush

Luke 18:31-34

 “They did not know what he was talking about,” or “They didn’t grasp what he was saying,” “But they didn’t get it…” Several different translations of the ancient words all point to the fact that the twelve disciples just didn’t comprehend what Jesus was saying about himself. They fail to understand. And this isn’t the first time (see 2:50, 9:45, and 24:13-35).

Jesus tells them plainly and clearly what is going to happen – and it’s the third time he has done so. He would be insulted, flogged, and killed. He would rise again on the third day. How could the disciples not understand such a clear statement? Maybe we would rather not think about it, and what it may cost us.

How much do we as followers of Jesus want to ignore the hard truths of our faith? How much do we want to bypass Good Friday to get to Easter? How much do we want to ignore the possibility of arrest, beatings, and lynching? How much do we refuse to ignore that our faith may come into conflict with religious or political authorities? Where are we blind to the hard truths our faith may call us to when we act for justice and reconciliation? Where are we unwilling to see the costs of discipleship and following the one who overturns power structures?

We cannot pass the peace of Christ on Sundays if we are not willing to do the difficult, and sometimes dangerous, work of justice on the other days of the week. Where are your blind spots to the hard truths of your faith?


Rev. Dr. Bart Roush serves Madison Square Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX.

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