Mark 9:30-32: It can take time.

“30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.’ 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.”


Recently I have been reading about the apostles in Acts 5. It’s interesting to consider verses 29-32 of that chapter in the light of what we read here. This is the second time Jesus had predicted His death and resurrection (see 8:31). Clearly the disciples did not ‘get it’ for the moment. But at a later date, in spite of imprisonment and intimidation, these men preached about the death and resurrection of Christ with great boldness and clarity. They would not be silenced. They were unstoppable. It’s the self-same men who here ‘’did not understand what he meant…’’ We’re talking about all the apostles (minus Judas). What a change had come over them.

It can take time for the penny to drop; for the truth to sink in. Just because someone doesn’t seem to understand the gospel today, it doesn’t mean they never will. Who can say what God will do with them when they see the light. They may well join that band of brave heroes who turn the world the right way up.