[From Jan. 29, 2013]
"Then Jesus said to them, 'You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.'"
Jesus knew. He tried to warn them. Tried to prepare them. But they weren't getting it. He knew that too. So as the moment drew near, he told them one more time. It was all going to fall apart. At least, that's what it would look like to them. He was going to be captured and killed. They'd freak out and run. It would be the natural human response to such a traumatic experience.
Yep, Jesus knew. But he also had a plan. Actually, God had the plan. Death wouldn't be the end. There was a surprise waiting: LIFE! RESURRECTION! Their tears & grief would turn into laughter and praise. But they weren't able to hear that right now. They weren't able to process what Jesus was telling them. No worries. The second part of the plan was that he was going ahead of them. To Galilee. Back to where it all started. Back home.
I love the idea that God, like a Chess Grand Master, is always thinking numerous steps ahead of the rest of us. We may not "get it" - may not be aware of the grand scheme of what's taking place in our lives. But God does. God knows! And he's already ahead of us, so when we DO come around, he'll be there waiting and ready.
It's kind of comforting, actually. And inspiring!