We focus on the present and it is hard for us to see the bigger picture. The opposition gets a couple of goals in football and we are very concerned about our team, but it fires up our team to play even better and we score more than the opposition and we win the game. We can be affected badly by a medical problem and yet sometimes there is a better outcome for us physically and emotionally to have that fixed and maybe other organs work better as a result. We need to see the bigger picture.
There is no doubt that the disciples were gutted at the death of Jesus, their Friend and Saviour. But they may have thought back to a recent conversation found in the Book of John, “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7, NIV.
The disciples were promised that after a short time of trial and struggle their grief would turn to joy. Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” John 16:16. We must Be patient in our times of struggle as the disciples were asked to be. Jesus was about to be arrested, whipped and then put to death. It was hard for the disciples to see those 3 amazing years of exciting ministry to end in this alarming way. But their grief turned to joy because after 3 days Jesus rose from the dead and they saw Him again. But another step forward was the very presence of God’s Holy Spirit to be with the disciples and with all of the believers from the Day of Pentecost onwards. Yet an even more eternal plan was proclaimed as we are promised to be with Jesus forever in heaven. The big picture is one of Victory.