What Jesus Did! 'He Must Suffer!' — Luke 9:21-22

Sunday, June 9, 2019

[After Peter's confession of Jesus as the Messiah,] Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was. "The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things," he said. "He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead."
— Luke 9:21-22 NLT
Illustration of Luke 9:21-22 NLT — "The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,"

Key Thought

Once the apostles had the right designation for Jesus — the Messiah from God, they needed to have the implications of the term explained to them. While Jesus had to repeat this explanation for them several times, they needed to get it through their hard heads that God's servant, the Messiah, had to suffer and rise from the dead. Jesus redefined everyone's expectations of the Messiah, but not because he was powerless to accomplish his mission in another way. He suffered because it was God's will that the Messiah would do so in an effort to reach all peoples and fulfill all the promises.

Today's Prayer

Dear LORD God Almighty, please give me the courage to truly follow Jesus as the Messiah, all the way to the cross! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 24:44-48
  • Acts 8:29-38
  • 1 Peter 2:4

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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