“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” John 16:12
After spending three years with Jesus, the disciples likely thought they had heard everything He had to say. After all, they weren’t just with Him a couple of hours a day. His chosen twelve lived life with Him practically every day, all day, for those three years. The fact was, however, that Jesus had not even cleared His throat when it came to the truth about God, sin, salvation, life, death, or heaven and hell. Those three years were just the tip of the iceberg. He had so much more to say; and they had so much more to learn.
In John 16:12 Jesus told them, “I have much more to say to you…” Can you imagine the reaction of the disciples? I’m sure they felt as if they had been drinking from a fire hydrant for three years. They had learned more in a day with Jesus than they had learned in their lifetimes from all of the other rabbis and scholars. The truths Jesus taught them turned their lives upside down. “Blessed are those who mourn, anyone who enters My kingdom must be like a little child, blessed are those who are persecuted, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…” and these are just from one of Jesus’ sermons! His words were revolutionary, often times completely opposite of what they had been taught to believe.
And yet Jesus told them He had much more to say. Truths that even after three years with Him they were not ready to receive. The same is true of us today. Regardless of how long we walk with Jesus, we will never know it all. He is never finished speaking to us through His Word. That is why He has given us His Spirit, who guides us to seek Him with all of our heart.
Dear Jesus, I want nothing more than to hear from you every single day. Your guidance and your encouragement are what my heart craves. Help me to make time to be still so that I can listen for your Holy Spirit to speak to me. In Your name, amen.