And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”
Yeshu as Teacher strode firmly ahead, and the Twelve as disciples followed. And they talked with one another about Yeshu’s determined purpose. Some great event was about to happen. The Jewish rulers wanted him dead. So what would happen? Was there perhaps about to be some terrifying mighty act of God, giving him victory so that he entered Jerusalem in the glory of his Father with the holy angels? And if Yeshu were to become King, would the Twelve be his ministers of state?
So Yeshu stopped, beckoned the disciples aside from the other wondering and frightened people who walked with them. They had forgotten, so he told them for a third time, ‘I must die.’ And he described the degrading and violent manner in which it would happen. He the Messiah King of Israel would be betrayed, arrested by the religious leaders of Israel, rejected, and then hated foreigners given the task of executing him.
But his purpose was firm, for he knew God’s plan, which was that it would not be the end for him. He had told them about his rising from death twice before.