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“From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”
There was never any doubt in the mind of the Saviour that He had come to die for our sins. Over and over again He told His disciples that this was the case. We see this is in Matthew’s record of the story and the gospels of Mark and Luke are full of such references as well:
Matthew 17:22-23: “Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up." And they were exceedingly sorrowful.”
Matthew 20:17-19: “Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them, ‘Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.’”
Matthew 26:1-2: “Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, ‘You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.’”
On the occasion referred to in the verse in the box above, Peter had just made his great declaration concerning the Lord. “YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.” The disciples had been in the company of Jesus for long enough to recognise His deity. They had heard His teaching and witnessed amazing miracles and there was only one conclusion to which they could come. The Lord was truly the Messiah, the Son of God here on earth.
It was following Peter’s declaration that the Lord first spoke of His death. In the minds of the disciples they would have been expecting the MESSIAH to establish a kingdom and to reign in righteousness and power. The Lord wanted to banish any such thoughts and so He immediately told them what was going to happen to Him in the not too distant future.
When Peter remonstrated with Him, “This shall never happen to you,” he received a most serious rebuke. Behind the words of Peter, Jesus saw the great enemy with a subtle suggestion that He should avoid the cross. “GET BEHIND ME SATAN!” was the Lord’s rejoinder. Not even for an instant could there be any question of His not fulfilling the Father’s eternal plan. The subtle suggestion from the tempter must immediately be repudiated.