Then He took the Twelve aside and told them, “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. Everything that’s written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished.”
I told you so! What an indignant phrase most of us long to speak toward others yet hate to hear spoken to us. It’s in our very nature to perceive situations, and then speak about them. And when our warnings come to fruition, we look the person square in the eye and say, “I told you so.”
Sadly, many of us have been on the receiving end of the phrase. We know full well the timely advice from a friend was exactly right. We also recognize, in hindsight, we would have done well to follow it. We’re not alone in this.
Our ancestors in the faith had their “told you so” moments as well.
Consider Moses. He warned Pharaoh about God’s judgment, then every first-born male in Egypt was dead and Pharaoh’s army lay in the bottom of the sea. Told you so!
Think about Jeremiah. He foretold the exile of Israel to Babylon. Told you so!
Daniel warned Nebuchadnezzar about his impending fall. Told you so!
Perhaps Jonah has the most outrageous “told you so” moment of all when he proclaimed his reluctance to preach in Nineveh. He reminded God it was in His character to be compassionate and slow to anger and that’s why the Ninevites weren’t destroyed. See God, told you so!
We could go on, but you get the point. History is full of “told you so” moments. So what about the “I told you so” in today’s passage? We might even say it’s the boldest one anyone had ever uttered (or ever will utter for that matter.)
In our readings today, we see Jesus claiming an outrageous truth—that He, the Son of Man (more on that in a moment), would be handed over to the authorities, condemned to death, tortured, executed, buried, and raised to life on the third day! Luke’s account reminds us the disciples didn’t understand what Jesus was saying to them. But it only took a few days for His proclamation to become clear.
Luke also gives us the “I told you so” moment that coincides with this passage. After you read today’s passage, take a moment to read through Luke 24—especially verse 25—and you’ll see for yourself.
Lastly, take some time to research the phrase “Son of Man.” If you have a study Bible, consult the notes associated with this passage. You might also check out some commentaries, many of which are free online at websites such as BibleGateway.com.
What you’ll discover is this phrase represents one of the most direct claims Jesus uttered concerning His divine nature and equality with God.
It’s popular in our day to hear critics of Christianity (and regretfully some who claim to be Christians) deny the deity of Jesus. They say the early church assigned divine status to Jesus but He never actually said He was divine.
That charge is patently false. Because here we have the testimony of three Gospel writers to point us to the reality that Jesus not only claimed to be divine, but He did so in no uncertain terms. In fact, this phrase was instrumental in proving Jesus “guilt” before the Sanhedrin (see Luke 22:69).
Let’s be grateful Jesus’ “I told you so” moment came to pass and we can forever benefit from it.
- What do you think about the claims of Christ? Have you agreed that He’s the divine Son of God, the second member of the Trinity, and the Savior of the world? Have you trusted in the death and resurrection we read about today as your only hope for eternal fellowship with God?
- We didn’t review this in our devotion today, but what do you make of James and John’s request to Jesus? What does it say about their misguided ambitions? More importantly, what does it say about our own misguided ambitions?
- Why do you think the disciples were unable to understand that Jesus would have to suffer on their behalf? Can you relate to their lack of disbelief? Have there been times in your life when you found it difficult to trust the promises of God?