Jesus took his disciples aside and once again foretold his coming death and resurrection:
“We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will be raised to life!”
The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
(Matthew 20:17-19; Mark 10:32-34; Luke 18:31-33)
For the third time, Jesus warned his disciples about what awaited him in Jerusalem. For the third time, they just didn’t get it.
Maybe it’s because they were expecting a quick-fix savior who would defeat the hated Romans, overthrow the corrupt religious leaders and start up a brand-new mega-church with the twelve of them as the key leaders.
It seems they couldn’t comprehend that God would come down and willingly submit himself to humiliation, torture and murder at the hands of the very creatures he made.
But they also didn’t seem to comprehend the last piece of his prediction, punctuated with an exclamation point: “On the third day he will be raised to life!”
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