As chapter 16 in John finishes out, I love how Jesus speaks to His disciples. They don’t get what He is saying, so He lovingly clears it up for them. And then they have the Ah-Ha! moment where they get it (vs. 31). Notice that Jesus tells them ahead of time that they will run from Him, but that He isn’t alone even then. He comforts them before they are heartbroken.
But what of the point on the cross where God turns His back on Jesus? Did Jesus not know that part was coming? Honestly, I don’t know. On the one hand, He could have been protecting the disciples by not telling them everything that was to come. He doesn’t tell them every detail beforehand, so that could be the case here.
But the Bible is also clear that Jesus learned as He went, that somehow God gave Him knowledge as He got older. So maybe Jesus didn’t yet know that God would separate from Him and turn His back on Him on the cross.
The whole thing is confusing to me, I have to admit. What did He know, and when? I would love to hear what everyone else understands about this idea.
Either way though, we see in Jesus this desire to care for those around Him, even as they are getting ready to dessert Him in His worst hours. What love He has for them, for me, for us! I bail on Jesus all of the time, yet He continues to love me. That is an example worth trying to follow.
I would love any feedback you may have.