The disciples and the crowds thought Jesus was going to do something big. They believed he was up to something that would change the world. They thought he was going to start a revolution, overthrow the Roman Empire, and make Israel into a great nation again. They wanted a King. And when he didn't turn out to be what they expected, they deserted him. But they had no idea that Jesus WAS about to change the world. He WAS starting not only a great revolution, but the great restoration. He overthrew a kingdom alright, but one from which sprouted all oppression, fear, injustice, and death. He instigated a process of renewing all things. A process we are still in. They got a King. Had they known, they would have dropped to the ground in awe of it all. Like the soldier at the cross. At the feet of the King of Kings.
Do we get it? Do we realize it? Or are we like them, asking God for something he doesn't seem to be giving us. And all the while we don't realize that He is actually answering our prayers, but in a bigger way that we can't now see. At a level we don't realize. Do we get angry at him, like they did? When we have no clue what He's up to? I've been there. My prayer is that I trust Him, even if I don't understand what He's up to. Because the truth is that he is always, ALWAYS, up to something good.