I Told You So
Read: Luke 24:44-46
Have you ever given a friend a word of advice or attempt to predict how a situation would turn out only for them to ignore what you are saying? At times precisely what you said comes true to which you respond “I told you so.” This phrase of “I told you so” can be annoying if you are on the wrong side of it. However, there is an “I told you so” that everyone in the world benefited from.
At the end of Luke, the story of Jesus finishing His redemptive work on the cross has finished unfolding. He meets with His disciples and basically says, “I told you so.” As verse 44 states, “These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” This “I told you so” is a win for everyone! All throughout Scripture God has been pointing to the coming Messiah who would be a sacrifice for all sinners. In Genesis 3:15 God began to unveil His plan for redeeming humanity. He communicates to Abram in Genesis 12, “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” How might this promise be fulfilled? Through the work of Jesus Christ. In Psalm 22, Jesus death is prophesied. His suffering and salvation are prophesied once more in Isaiah 53. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” All throughout the Bible God was revealing the promise that His Son, Jesus Christ, would die as a sacrifice for mankind. Even Jesus prophesied of His coming death and resurrection (Matthew 16:21). This is the greatest “I told you so” in all of history! Without this fulfillment of prophesy we would all be in horrible hopelessness. You can trust the Weighty Words of Christ. If He says it is going to happen, it is going to happen so believe it or you may regret it when He says, “I told you so.”
The disciples of Jesus did not understand all that was written in Scripture and preached by Jesus. Their knowledge was at times insufficient. It is at this time that Jesus “opened.. their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:45). We find here the Wonderful Wisdom of Christ. Jesus makes way for our finite minds to understand His glorious truth! He opened the disciples understanding so they might grasp the truths Jesus had been teaching. Do you ever open the Bible and think “I have no idea what that means!” Some passages in Scripture can be terrifying to read and even more terrifying to attempt to understand. Thankfully Jesus' way is not to leave us without understanding. After Salvation He has given the gift of the Holy Spirit who “shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26). Jesus has a wonderful way of opening our eyes to the truths we need daily. He does not desire for us to go away doubtful and unbelieving of His words so that He might say, “I told you so.” Instead, He desires for us to hear His Weighty Words and understand through His Wonderful Wisdom. Take time to both hear His Word today and apply your heart to His wisdom.
Have you asked Jesus to help you understand His Word today?