Learning To Appreciate Truth In Real Time

His disciples did not understand these things at first.
— John 12:16

It was Passover time. Jesus was making His final trip to Jerusalem. He entered the city bourn by a donkey. He would leave the city bearing a cross. The bookends of His life were a feeding trough and a lowly burro. The verse above refers to His entrance into the city being carried by a donkey. This was the fulfillment of a Messianic prophecy: 

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
— Zechariah 9:9

Roman conquerors would enter a vanquished city riding on a white horse; the steed chomping at the bit, straining at the bridle, ready to burst into full gallop, charging through the streets with pounding hooves and blasting nostrils! It was a display of power. It was calculated to inspire fear in the hearts of the city's defeated citizens. 

But the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem was the antithesis of this. This was almost a pathetic figure: a grown man riding on the back of a scrawny animal... his feet dangling, almost touching the ground! We would think, "Bless His heart--He can't do any better!" 

How wrong we would be! Jesus could have come charging through those gates riding in a chariot of fire surrounded by an army of angels. But that was not His heart. He was a perfectly righteous man... and humble in victory. This is one reason why they rejected Him. Had He come bragging and boasting they would have hailed Him a hero! This is the shallowness of man--impressed with braggadocio... mesmerized by arrogance. 

But His disciples "did not understand these things at first." It wasn't until "after He was glorified that they remembered and understood these things."

How common this is! We do not see the significance of grand events in the real time in which they are happening. It is only in hindsight that we understand the gravity of the moment that is past, or their relevance, or their fulfillment of prophecy. 

There are many who believe we are living in the last days. I believe this as well. But could it be that we also are missing the import of many of these events because we do not understand the Scripture?  Will we look back one day and say, "How could I have missed that?" 

I am convinced we will. But I am just as convinced that we could understand more--and ought to understand more--if we became serious students of the Word of God. We need men and women today whose minds are trained by Scripture, who see the events of our day through a biblical lens, and who can say to us, "This is that which was spoken by the prophets...", and--this is important--can back their claims with chapter and verse. 

Who will rise up to be such a woman? Who will rise up to be such a man?