Luke 18:31-33 ” 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.’ “

Jesus made it plain many times to His disciples just what was to happen to Him. Matthew 16:21 says, “From that time on Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the Law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” And in Mark 9:31, “He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and after three days He will rise.” But all of Jesus’ prior explanations could not ready the disciples for what they experienced. They watched in horror as He was beaten and tortured. They listened in disbelief as He was sentenced to death on the cross. They heard Him gasp His last breath, and they watched Him die. Their minds swirled with disbelief, anguish, and grief as they watched the lifeless body of their Savior being carried off for burial. Did they even remember what Jesus had told them…or were they too devastated to even have hope that His words were true?

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