The Son of Man must suffer

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,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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One Response to The Son of Man must suffer

  1. Thank you David, what you shared is very True, God knows the beginning to the end, although He knew man would not listen, they had even killed the Prophets, He sent Jesus hoping they would, Love always Hopes but of course God knows all reality and so did Jesus as you shared David, but even in the Garden Jesus asked if there was another way, because it grieved Him to know He would be separated from his beloved Father because of our sin but He knew too there was no other way and so He said your will be done not mine, like our Abba Father He Loves us greatly and did not want us to perish meaning to be Eternally separated from the Godhead or Trinity as they are called today.

    Matthew 21: 33-40 Hear another parable: There was a certain Householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, He sent His servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them His son, saying, They will reverence my Son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the Heir; come, let us kill Him, and let us seize on His inheritance. And they caught Him, and cast Him out of the vineyard, and slew Him. When the Lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will He do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out His vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render Him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the Scriptures, The Stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the Head of the Corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a Nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this Stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
    And when the Chief Priests and Pharisees had heard His parables, they perceived that He spake of them. But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitude, because they took Him for a Prophet.

    Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus – Anne.

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