Then Jesus talked to the twelve apostles alone. Jesus said to them, "Listen! We are going to Jerusalem. Everything that God told the prophets to write about the Son of Man will happen! His people will turn against him and give him to the non-Jewish people. The non-Jews will laugh at him, insult him, and spit on him. They will beat him with whips and then kill him! But on the third day after his death, he will rise to life again." The apostles tried to understand this, but they could not; the meaning was hidden from them.
— Luke 18:31-34 NLT
With mere human words, Jesus cannot help them understand. His best efforts can only give them words to remember and to put into perspective, for a later time—a time after he has been crucified and has been raised from the dead. Jesus' destiny in Jerusalem was simply incomprehensible to them. They had seen the good he had done. They had experienced his life-changing presence first hand. They believed him to be the Messiah. How could God's Messiah be crucified? How could he be executed for the deeds of kindness he had performed and the words of truth he had spoken? We, on the other hand, must grasp this truth. Jesus is going to Jerusalem knowing full well that he will be persecuted, rejected, and tortured. Yet he goes anyway, to honor God and to pay the price for our sin. We must not let this loving sacrifice be hidden from our hearts!
Lord Jesus, I thank you for going to the Cross knowing that it was coming and yet enduring it for the sake of my salvation. To you, O Lord and Christ, belong all glory, honor, blessing, and praise. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Philippians 2:5-11
- Hebrews 12:2
- John 12:23-28
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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