It took the disciples of Jesus some time to develop the faith they needed to have to fulfill the mission on which they were sent, it also took them some time to realize Jesus was not just a man, but God in human flesh offering himself as the payment for human sins. God himself had come in the form of human flesh that as God he could forgive our transgression.
It was God against whom we sinned, therefore, it was up to God to forgive us, but for him to have forgiven our sins, he must provide a solution to his nature, justice must be served, and choosing to pay the penalty, “The day you eat from that tree you shall die” God came in Jesus to offer his body as the payment for sin.
But the disciples before the baptism of the Holy Spirit, didn’t understand these things; so they went along believing they understood what it meant to believe in God and placing their faith in Jesus Christ. It has come to light, they were with Jesus because they believed he was the Messiah that fits their description, but when Jesus began to speak about his death, they were ready to walk away from him.
Jesus said out of frustration, “If any man will follow me, let him first deny himself and then come and after me.” In other words, unless you are willing to give up your preconceived views, will, and intents, do not follow me. It was time to make the commitment, ‘To whom shall we go, you have the words of life” said his disciples and so they continued with Jesus, but later it would come to light, they were not willing to go all the way.
This is the view and attitude we have as Christians today, many of us think we know what it means to believe in Jesus Christ, but we have not yet developed the relationship we need to have with Jesus that we might see the kingdom of God. We accept Jesus as our king, but king according to the view we have in mind of him and because of this, we are walking in disobedience.
Jesus’ response to something his disciples said of him in reply said, “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say” In other words, why say you believe in me and do not the things I say? And to clarify what he meant, Jesus went on to say in parables,
“Every one that comes to me, and hears my words, and does them, I will show you to whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dogged and went deep, and laid a foundation upon the rock: and when a flood arose, the stream brake against that house, and could not shake it: because it had been well built
But he that hears and does not, is like a man that built a house upon the earth without a foundation; against which the stream brake, and straightway it fell in; and the ruin of that house was great.” And what Jesus was saying to his disciples was that faith in him will produce the results he expects of them. If they believe in him or if he is their Lord, they would do what he asked of them.
But who was Jesus for his disciples to do what he asked of them? This was something his disciples were yet trying to understand. Jesus said, “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Who is this man, and is he really the Son of the living God? And because they were filled with their own concept of who the Messiah should be the disciples of Jesus failed to recognize Jesus was God, and we like the disciples are and were failing at the task.