“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” (John 16:12)
If one might feel “left out” and “left behind” because one did not experience the actual physical presence of Jesus (I admit at times I feel like “one”), the compensation is that all that Jesus and the Divine had to say has been said to us through the Holy Spirit, scripture, and testimony of the saints and those than have gone before us. We can, in short, bear the things that the Divine has to say to us.
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” (Verse 13)
What must it have felt like to know that your Lord and Teacher had things to tell you, but you were not deemed ready yet. I remember experiences from when I was young, and I knew that some thing – some type of information – was being kept from me. It was like an itch I could not scratch. Do you think, beloved reader, that is how the disciples felt?
“He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (Verses 14 – 15)
All that the Lord God Creator has/had Jesus also had/has. And the Spirit of Truth has that to impart to us. And it is a theological fact, beloved reader, that the Divine will discern when (and if) we are ready to hear it. Or, more precisely, understand it. To give you the best example that I can – I have some hearing loss. I hear most things, but some of it I hear only as sound and not distinguishable/discernible words. We MAY hear all the Spirit of Truth has to say, but it may be to our ears/spirit/soul just sound/noise and NOT anything that we can make sense of. Or maybe we do not hear it correctly and misinterpret it. We may beg and plead with the Spirit of Truth to quicken our understanding; but it does not happen. And worst of all, beloved reader, we may not even realize that we are only hearing/perceiving/understanding just a portion of the Divine Truth.
I can only wish, hope, and pray for you what I pray for myself – the ability to know fully and completely! Selah!