Experiencing Christ

The Lord Predicting His Death

Luke 18:31  And taking the twelve aside, He said to them, Behold we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which have been written through the prophets regarding the Son of Man will be accomplished,  (32)  For He will be delivered up to the Gentiles and will be mocked and outrageously treated and spit upon;  (33)  And when they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and on the third day He will rise.

In [Luke] 18:31 He [the Man-Saviour] took the twelve aside in order to speak a private word to them. This word spoken privately to the disciples concerned His going to Jerusalem to die. This was the third time the Lord Jesus revealed His death to the disciples. This time, the third time, was on the way to Jerusalem. This revelation was a prophecy, altogether strange to the natural concept of the disciples, yet fulfilled literally in every detail.

We have seen that the Man-Savior had predicted His death and resurrection twice already. Since the time for His death had come, He was going to Jerusalem. This was His obedience to God unto death (Phil. 2:8), according to the counsel of God (Acts 2:23), for the fulfillment of His redemptive plan (Isa. 53:10). He knew that through His death He would be glorified in resurrection (Luke 24:25-26) and that His divine life would be released to produce many brothers for His expression (John 12:23-24; Rom. 8:29). For the joy set before Him, He despised the shame (Heb. 12:2) and volunteered to be delivered to the Satan-usurped leaders of the Jews and condemned by them to death. For this God exalted Him to the heavens, seated Him at His right hand (Mark 16:19; Acts 2:33- 35), gave Him the name which is above every name (Phil. 2:9- 10), made Him both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36), and crowned Him with glory and honor (Heb. 2:9).

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