When we express time in our finite experience, we use words such as sooner, later, yesterday, tomorrow, today, earlier, or after. However, the Scriptures refer to infinite or immeasurable time. Time came to my attention while I was reading a verse in John. Jesus is washing His disciples’ feet but Peter objects to His servitude. Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand” (John 13:7).
Our faith lies between what we “do not realize now” and “but later you will understand.” When something happens in our lives we want to see what God is doing now. We don’t want to have to wait until later to understand. For us, later is like tomorrow; it never comes. So we grow discouraged in our faith. We pray and wait, and still we hear, “You do not realize now what I am doing.” Jesus wants us to be focused on who He is, not what He is doing and when He is going to do it.
Jesus came into measurable time so He could reveal to us immeasurable God. On the night He washed the disciples’ feet, He knew His earthly time was almost over, but His immeasurable life in the eternal kingdom was about to be revealed through the resurrection. His time on earth would end in death on the cross. His life in eternity would continue through the resurrection. Jesus, the Incarnate God, tasted death; Jesus the divine Son of God never dies. Because He lives, Jesus is the object of our faith now and the hope of what we do not yet realize.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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