Walking in Truth Devotional Update
Jesus Foretells His Death for the Third Time
(Mat 20:17-19; Mk 10:32-34; Lk 18:31-34)
“Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.” (Matt. 20:17-19)
Jesus continued to instruct his disciples, emphasizing, yet again, the reality of his impending death. To his earlier announcements [16:21; 17:22-23], he added the detail that he would be handed over to the Gentiles who would ridicule, scourge and crucify him. Jesus sets forth the details of four striking experiences that He is going to undergo in Jerusalem. He is going to be betrayed, He would be ill-treated by the Jewish authorities, those who are the spiritual leaders of God’s people are going to treat Him wrongly. He is going to be handed over to the Gentiles to be crucified. And He is going to be raised again.
“This he said in the hearing of the disciple who would act the traitor: did no compunction visit his base heart?” (Spurgeon) But, Luke said, they understood none of these things; that is, surely, they believed none of them, the saying was hid from them.
This was a picture of great suffering: Suffering from the disloyalty of Judas, suffering from injustice, suffering from deliberate insult, suffering from tremendous pain, and suffering from great humiliation and degradation. However, He would rise the third day, spend some time teaching His disciples and then ascend to heaven for His coronation as King of kings and Lord of lords.
How can we ever thank our Father in heaven, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit sufficiently for everything they did to provide salvation and the promise of eternal life?
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