And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said. Luke 18:31-34
Today’s verses mark the third time Jesus told His disciples About what was to happen to Him in Jerusalem. This time however Jesus gave details as to what was in store. Including this time that He was to be handed over to the Gentiles. That means you and me and all non-Jews. All too often the Christian church looked on Jews as killers of Jesus. This is a main reason Jews have been persecuted over the centuries after Jesus’ death. Yes, the Jews wanted Jesus executed but under Roman law they did not have the authority to execute Jesus.
One of Jesus’ major prophesies was His on death, burial and resurrection. Now many skeptics will say Jesus never made any prophesies but they seem to miss the three times He predicted His death and resurrection. I have just finished reading Twelve Points That Show Christianity is True by Norman Geisler which is a condensed version of Geisler’s Twelve Step apologetic program. He devoted one chapter to the miracles and prophesies of Jesus.
Jesus is heading to Jerusalem with His twelve closes disciples. Jesus knows what is in store for Him and is letting the disciples know once again what to expect. And as is usual with the twelve they just do not understand.
Have a blessed day,