From my reading in Luke 18:24-43 in the One Year New Testament.
I usually skim through the parts of the gospels where Jesus predicts his death to the disciples. Because I (Spoiler Alert) already know the end of the story, it does not shock me.
The disciples didn’t even understand what he said so plainly until after Jesus came back, so what was the significance of these passages.
Jesus reminded the disciples of the messianic prophecies.
“Listen, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true” Luke 18:31
He quoted some of the old testament predictions of what the “Son of Man or Messiah would do.
Even though they didn’t realize it right away Jesus words like this possibly helped some of them remember prophesies Jesus fulfilled when they wrote the gospels.
Jesus was basically saying, I’m the Messiah and I’m about to prove it! Then Jesus went on the predict in detail what would happen to him.
“He will be handed over to the Romans, and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.” Luke 18:32–33
Many of these things are prophesies of the OT but Jesus was able to predict in a very precise and specific way. Jesus prophesied about himself!
Jesus shows us here that he had the power of prophet.
Jesus was handed over to the Romans, and mocked, shamed, spit on, flogged, ripped, killed, and victoriously rose from the dead. In doing so he fulfilled many prophecies, paid the penalty for our sins and offered us new life!
This passage is another confirmation of Jesus’ wisdom and divine power!
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