Luke 9:44-45 NLT “Listen to Me and remember what I say. The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of His enemies.” (45) But they didn’t know what He meant. Its significance was hidden from them, so they couldn’t understand it, and they were afraid to ask Him about it.
Whether you were in a classroom at school, at a sports practice, in youth group, or sitting around a restaurant table with friends or family there is a good chance at some point you had a question, but decided not to ask because you “felt” stupid. For a lot of things today we just glance down at our smart phones and quickly look it up on the internet. Other things you might just smile and nod your head as if you knew what they were talking about. People do that because they are concerned about being seen as dumb or feel this is information they will be judged for not knowing.
Jesus just emphatically told His disciples He was going to be turned over His enemies and though they didn’t understand what He meant they didn’t ask. They were probably afraid He would rebuke them for not knowing and none of them was willing to speak up. Peter had just been rebuked for opening his mouth and saying something dumb by the Father God, while he, John, & James were with Jesus on a nearby mountain where Moses & Elijah appeared and Jesus began to shine with glory (Luke 9:27-36). And the rest of the disciples had been rebuked by Jesus when He learned they had not been successful in casting the demon out of the young boy whose father brought him to them (Luke 9:37-42). But living in ignorance is not bliss.
Their lack of clarity led to greater fear later when Jesus was betrayed into the hands of the chief priests and turned over to Pilot to be crucified. They had an opportunity to ask Jesus for clarity, to explain what He was talking about as they had done many times in the previous 3 years as He taught the masses in parables. But this time they were afraid. They probably felt like they should know what He meant and maybe they should have. But they let the social pressure and desire to look smart keep them from understanding something their teacher wanted them to know. But if they understood what was going to happen better, how might they have prepared and reacted differently at His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection (it wasn’t just Thomas that doubted when Mary, Joanna, and Mary Magdalene told the disciples that Jesus had raised from the dead (Luke 24:10-11)).
Don’t let social anxiety keep you in the dark and ignorant about things your children, your parents, your boss, your pastor, etc… are trying to tell you. If you don’t understand, ask for clarity. Understanding today can lead you to live fearlessly tomorrow. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.