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Jesus Predicts His Upcoming Death

 
Posted by Elaine April 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM AEST

Jesus actually announced His up coming death to His disciples and that He would come back to life again. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all wrote their account of what Jesus told them.

Here’s what Jesus’ personal friends recorded about His death and resurrection predictions:

MATTHEW WROTE:

From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that he had to go to Jerusalem, and he told them what would happen to him there. He would suffer at the hands of the leaders and the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, and he would be raised on the third day. Matthew 16:21

Jesus, now well on the way up to Jerusalem, took the Twelve off to the side of the road and said, "Listen to me carefully. We are on our way up to Jerusalem. When we get there, the Son of Man will be betrayed to the religious leaders and scholars. They will sentence him to death. They will then hand him over to the Romans for mockery and torture and crucifixion. On the third day he will be raised up alive. Matthew 20:17-19

MARK RECORDED:

Then Jesus began to tell them that he, the Son of Man, would suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, and three days later he would rise again.

As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and told him he shouldn’t say things like that. Jesus turned and looked at his disciples and then said to Peter very sternly, “Get away from me, Satan! You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

Then he called his disciples and the crowds to come over and listen. “If any of you wants to be my follower,” he told them, "you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me. Mark 8:31-34

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.

He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels. Mark 8:31-38; Mark 9:1

Again Jesus tells of His upcoming death and resurrection:
Back on the road, they set out for Jerusalem. Jesus had a head start on them, and they were following, puzzled and not just a little afraid. He took the Twelve and began again to go over what to expect next.

“Listen to me carefully. We’re on our way up to Jerusalem. When we get there, the Son of Man will be betrayed to the religious leaders and scholars. They will sentence him to death. Then they will hand him over to the Romans, who will mock and spit on him, give him the third degree, and kill him. After three days he will rise alive.” Mark 10:32

LUKE RECORDED THE EVENTS THIS WAY:

Then Jesus took the Twelve off to the side and said, "Listen carefully. We’re on our way up to Jerusalem. Everything written in the Prophets about the Son of Man will take place.

He will be handed over to the Romans, jeered at, made sport of, and spit on. Then, after giving him the third degree, they will kill him. 33 In three days he will rise, alive." But they didn’t get it, could make neither heads nor tails of what he was talking about. Luke 18:31

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JOHN’S ACCOUNT OF THE EVENTS:

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem to attend the Passover paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.”

Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus. Jesus replied, "The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory.

The truth is, a kernel of wheat must be planted in the soil. Unless it dies it will be alone — a single seed. But its death will produce many new kernels — a plentiful harvest of new lives.

Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who despise their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. All those who want to be my disciples must come and follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And if they follow me, the Father will honour them.

Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from what lies ahead’? But that is the very reason why I came!

Father, bring glory to your name."Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought it glory, and I will do it again.”

When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him. 30 Then Jesus told them, "The voice was for your benefit, not mine.

The time of judgment for the world has come, when the prince of this world will be cast out. And when I am lifted up on the cross, I will draw everyone to myself." He said this to indicate how he was going to die.

“Die?” asked the crowd. “We understood from Scripture that the Messiah would live forever. Why are you saying the Son of Man will die? Who is this Son of Man you are talking about?”

Jesus replied, “My light will shine out for you just a little while longer. Walk in it while you can, so you will not stumble when the darkness falls. If you walk in the darkness, you cannot see where you are going. Believe in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.” After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.

But despite all the miraculous signs he had done, most of the people did not believe in him. This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted: “Lord, who has believed our message? To whom will the Lord reveal his saving power?” But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said, "The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts — so their eyes cannot see, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them. John 12:20-40

JESUS AGAIN REMINDS THOSE CLOSEST TO HIM OF COMING EVENTS:

ACCORDING TO MATTHEW:

Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them,
“We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” Matthew 20:17-19

ACCORDING TO MARK:

They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him.

We are going up to Jerusalem," he said, “and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.” Mark 10:32-34

ACCORDING TO LUKE:

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.
He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.” Luke 18:31-33

Jesus’ prediction of His death and resurrection before they took place actually came true, what other god has done this and what other god has an empty tomb?

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Surely this proves that Jesus was who He said He was. And what amazes me even more is that Jesus, in human form with all the fear and trepidation that we’d experience if we were about to suffer such agony, humiliation and death …… still He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey so everyone would see Him ready to seal His fate.

Why?

Because God knew we would never be able to reach our own salvation by doing what is right, by clean living and treating others the way we should. Our selfish nature will never let us live a perfect life no matter how hard we want to.

The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise are often poor and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being at the right place at the right time. Ecclesiastes 9:11 We all know that’s true.

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. Galatians 4:4-5

We don’t have control of many things and left to our own devices we will never measure up because its not just up to us. This world right now is ruled by evil forces that would have you believe that you don’t need God.

The Bible explains:
Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Satan brings bondage, Jesus brings freedom. Without Jesus we have no power to defeat these evil forces.

Only Jesus can save us -
There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them. Acts 4:12

That’s why Jesus went all the way to the cross, despising the shame, so we could be set free. My prayer is that you will get it, that you will understand that Jesus went all the way to the cross…for you.

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