Monday, February 14, 2022
22-23 As they were regrouping in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed to some people who want nothing to do with God. They will murder him—and three days later he will be raised alive.” The disciples felt scared to death.
-Matthew 17:21-23 The Message
Verse 22: And while they were gathering together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be handed over to men;
Verse 23: and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day.” And they were deeply grieved.
Verses 22-23 studies: Jesus predicted his death again. Chapter 16 verse 21, he predicted his death. But more importantly, he told his resurrection. The disciples only heard the first part of Jesus’ words and became discouraged. They couldn’t understand why Jesus wanted to go back to Jerusalem where he could walk right into trouble.
The disciples didn’t fully understand the purpose of Jesus’ death and resurrection until the Pentecost (Acts 2). We shouldn’t get upset because we don’t understand things fast about Jesus. The disciples were with him, saw his miracles, heard his words, and still didn’t understand. Even though they had questions and doubts, they still believed. We should do no less.
The disciples didn’t understand why Jesus kept talking about his death because they expected him to set up a political kingdom. His death, in their thoughts, would dash their hopes. They didn’t know that Jesus’ death and resurrection would make his kingdom possible.