But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee. Mark 14, verse 28.
This verse carries us realistically into the supernatural. Up until now, Jesus has alluded to His death and resurrection. He has performed miracles even as many of those could be rationalized away. He has said and done amazing things, and He has confronted authorities, prejudices, convention, and things that good people would rather have left unsaid. Now Jesus lurches forward into a clearly, undeniably supernatural realm in ways nobody else could.
Bet you didn’t think that much power could get packed into just thirteen words of one verse! Sure, it happens all the time…but you know, in fact, it really does. Whether we’re comfortable admitting it or not, ours is a supernatural world. Things happen that defy logic; things that we just can’t explain. Heck, the internet is full of them; try Googling the topic some time. Carlos Santana believes that music has supernatural healing powers; yes, he really did say that. We seek comfort in the very real times of crisis in our lives by clinging to the physically impossible probability that there are such things as a Savior and life after death. We crave the supernatural when the natural gets us down.
Is it any wonder that Jesus would “go there” during this last real teaching time He had with His Disciples? Consider the verse.
“After I have risen:” Jesus He puts it on the calendar. He has spoken openly about being betrayed, arrested and killed even if the Apostles didn’t understand it. Now He talks about those things as a past-tense matter, stating that He would rise and there would be time afterwards. Maybe that doesn’t seem like much, especially in the hindsight of knowing it actually happened. Consider, then, the idea that He was actually saying (not predicting: stating) that He would resurrect from actual physical death and decomposition. Purely supernatural but talked about as a matter-of-fact.
“I will go ahead of you:” Action. Doesn’t Jesus always go ahead of us? Don’t forget that this verse comes immediately on the heels of the ones talking about how all of those Disciples would fall away and only minutes after that supernatural Passover supper. As we have also fallen away, isn’t it an amazing thing to know that Jesus is omniscient and omnipresent in our lives today, even while we’re still living minute by minute in our sins? The Apostles weren’t supermen; they didn’t have physical or mental strengths greater than ours. They were just men. Because they were just men, Jesus was promising that He would go ahead of them. They had sought earthly and spiritual comfort in His presence. Now He was promising them that He would both remain with them and that He would be active. He would “go” as they would “go.”
Finally, “into Galilee.” Jesus was reporting a reliable news story ahead of time. “I’m coming back, I’ll be on the move, and here’s where I’m going, where you can find me.” Jesus would go home, back to where His ministry started. He would go back to where He had first encountered these friends of His. “Find me there” He was saying. “Here’s where you can look for me.” He was giving them directions that they would need for the time just ahead when they would find themselves isolated, scared and confused.
Realistic yet purely supernatural; truly out of this world. I’m hoping Carlos Santana would approve.
Lord, I praise You for your real but supernatural life and love.
Read Mark 14, verses 27-31.