31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; 33 they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.” 34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
What comes across loud and clear is Jesus announcing his death and his resurrection. There were no hints or guessing, this announcement was to the point and brusque. Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, to where He knew He would die. He took his disciples aside and predicted the awful events to come. The disciples didn’t understand; they believed Jesus was the Messiah, how could he be put to death? In the middle of an ordinary day He took them aside to prepare them for what was to come. For Jesus, He was not a victim, He knew where His journey would lead, and this was a victory. Even though the disciples didn’t understand, they still walked with Jesus onto Jerusalem.
Sometimes in the middle of my
normal day, I receive news that I might at first not understand. It could be that I will be embarking on a journey of grief and suffering, and I do not grasp what is happening. However, when I feel shaken and bewildered, I need to keep walking with Jesus and allow Him to walk with me through the trials. In this I will come to trust in the knowledge and the wisdom of God, not in my own understanding and abilities. He has promised me peace, joy and strength. I pray I will not try to reason God’s purpose for me, and then miss the great things He is doing. I pray I will have courage when trials come my way, and to always be obedient to the will of God.
Written by Cathy Croft