“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.”
Some questions are coming to my mind.. How many things have we heard and could not bear? How many times has God spoken to us and we have turned a Deaf ear? Or even better yet, How many times has God Wanted to speak to us but couldn’t? Could it be that our Heavenly Father is so wanting to talk with us? That He longs to share His Heart with us?
Isn’t this the whole concept of Christianity? Of Jesus providing a way to the Father? That we might be one with Him? “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone will open up I will come in and dine with him and he with me.” “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him..” And yet, as with the Disciples who have been with him for 3 years, do we really know Him? Are we hearing what is on His heart? Jesus says, “I have many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now.”
Jesus, wanting to share all with them; wanting to impart everything He has to them. Wishing just maybe, they could understand all that is about to take place. The weight of it all must have made His steps heavy. His body Weary.. Not just the weight of the coming suffering, but the feeling of not being understood, bearing down on his Soul. His Heart, broken.. But dying to mend all others. Burdened now, not with the weight of Sin, but with misunderstanding. Lonely, yet surrounded by followers. Hungry, but not for food, for true fellowship. Maybe this is why He stopped by Bethany, the town of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha on His way to Jerusalem. It wasn’t just for a great meal. But maybe, for a place to lay His head. Or, Maybe for some affection. Some Understanding. Someone just to listen to Him. (Women often seem to know how to listen to what the soul needs.) Lazarus has had experience with death, burial and resurrection.
Crowds come. People gather. Pharisees inquire. Jesus instructs. It is here that Mary, with her tears, washes the Christ’s feet. She uses her hair to dry them. (For it is the Hair of the woman that is her glory.) So, with the most precious thing she has, she uses it on the dirtiest part of her Lord. Then, taking costly perfume, she anoints His head and feet. Not from some Script, or because someone suggested it. Not on Jesus’ cue, but out of the overflow of her heart. She is hearing something no one else is. She is understanding what others aren’t. Her Spirit is set ablaze. Mary Responds. Others watch. She cries, Disciples become indignant. She dries his feet with her glory. The Religious are puzzled. A Jar is broken. Jesus is anointed. Judas condemns. Disciples Question. Pharisees lash out. Mary is given recognition. Honor. Jesus is burdened.
How do you relate to this story? Are you able to hear what is near to God’s heart? Are you Serving? Are you judging what others are doing that seems absurd? Or, are you on your knees in front of the Christ? Weeping? Crying? Washing? Anointing? Listening?
It is only by The Holy Spirit that we will be able to Hear what Christ is saying. It is only by the Holy Spirit that we will understand what is near and dear to our Lord’s heart. “Flesh and Blood did not reveal this to you.” This is why before Jesus left them He said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” John 14: 16 & 17
And in John 16: 12-15 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”
We cannot understand, nor do, anything apart from the Spirit of God. For “No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” “For apart from Me you can do nothing.” This is why Paul prays, “I keep praying that God may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation..18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope..the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and the immeasurable greatness of power for us who believe.”
See, we cannot see. In hearing, We cannot hear. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. – 1 Corinthians 2:9-12
How we need a Revelation of this Spirit.. When we do, our actions will be different. Our ways absurd. People will question. The religious, indignant. The Cost ignored. Our Dignity cast aside. We become fools for Christ’s sake. Hearing what others can’t. Responding when others don’t. Loving. Sharing. Caring. Emptying ourselves.
For God has “Much More to say to you.”