It is worth noting, when we talk to people and it appears that nothing is happening, that this is a normal experience. Most people don’t understand what is being said to them: the first time, the second time… and sometimes never, until experience teaches them. Our ideology — the Jews of that time expected the Messiah to come, and like the Judges, free them from foreign government — can blind us.
And at times the Spirit keeps us from understanding that which we should not know.
31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32 For He will be [a]handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, 33 and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again.” 34 But the disciples understood none of these things, and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.
I’m posting extracts from the Revised Common Lectionary. With minimal comments. There are too many people being negative. This is a time when within the church we should be positive. Our enemies know they are defeated.
And the command today is that we do not join them.
19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a [a]sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.