Matthew 20:17-19. “And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem: and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death. And shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify Him: and the third day He shall rise again.”
This passage marks the definitive turn in Jesus’ path that would lead Him to Calvary. He knew the disciples needed to hear and understand what was going to happen in the near future, so He took them aside from the path and gathered them around Himself. His words were clear, simple, and amazing.
1. We’re going to Jerusalem. This is what’s going to happen.
2. I will be betrayed–turned against by someone close to Me–to the chief priest and scribes who have been looking for a way to kill me.
3. I will be arrested. I will undergo questioning, and mockery; I will be horribly beaten, and then I will be crucified by the Gentiles, because it is not legal for the Jews to execute Me.
4. Here’s the good news: After three days, I will rise again!
Well! What consternation those words must have caused! What questions, what fears, what denials! You’d think so, wouldn’t you? Next time, we’ll see what some of the disciples had to say.