And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Luke 9:21-22
Why would Jesus continue to tell people to remain silent about what He had done and who He is? Peter had just called Jesus “The Christ of God.” So why keep silent? I believe the reason is that the Jewish people had a wrong idea of what the Messiah would do when He came. They were looking for a conquer king like David had been. They wanted the Messiah to defeat Rome and set up the Kingdom of Israel once again.
God however had a different plan. God’s plan was two part. First Jesus needed to pay a price for our sinful nature and make a path for us to get back into a right relationship with God. That is what Jesus came for. Not to conquer the Romans but to conquer sin and death. The Jews were thinking worldly and here and now. God was thinking heavenly and eternally. They wanted earthly freedom and God wanted us to be eternally free.
To do what God wanted done Jesus had to die. As He tells the disciples “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Jesus came to replace the law that men had erected around God’s law. The people most resistant to this were the elders and chief priests and scribes. They were to ones who had the most invested in the old system. But it was this system that was keeping people from God.
Jesus had to be killed in order to make the sacrifice needed to pay the price for all of our sins. The old way of an annual animal sacrifice to pay for sins was not enough. It had to be repeated year after year. As soon as one sacrifice was made our sins continued. As good as the sacrificial animal was it was not good enough to free us from the wages of sin. Only a perfect sacrifice could do that. Only Jesus could do it. This would pay for our sins.
But Jesus came to do more than pay for our sins He also came to conquer death. He came so we could live forever with God. To do this we needed to get rid of our sinful flesh. Jesus shows us through his resurrection what our new bodies will be like. This new body will be like our old body but no longer infected with original sin. Rather than a fallen body we will have a new resurrected body. A body worthy of being in God’s presence.
The disciples would soon forget what Jesus told them this day. Peter would try to defend Jesus when the Jewish officials came to arrest Him. John would be the only one to be present at the crucifixion. All would run for cover and hide after Jesus was killed. Even after the resurrection some would be hesitant to believe. Eventually they would remember all that Jesus taught them and then they would be a force that would change the world.
Have a blessed day,