Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jesus Foretells His Death And Resurrection

(Matthew 16: 1-20) Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare′a Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli′jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

Jesus was saying that on this rock hard platform of truth that he would build His church. Unfortunately the underlined statement has been taken out of context by the Catholic Church to insinuate that Christ was going to make Peter the foundation of his church which of course makes no sense at all when taken in intended context.

Jesus foretells His death and resurrection: 
(Matthew 16:12) From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 

Jesus again foretells of His death and resurrection: 
(Matthew 17:22-23) As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed. 

A third time Jesus foretells His death and resurrection: 
(Matthew 20:17-19) And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”

(Matthew 26:1-2) Again Jesus foretells His death on the cross.
When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

Throughout the New Testament we find numerous accounts of how Jesus could read the minds and hearts of everyone around Him and He could clearly see into the future and know for certain what would happen, how it would happen and the exact timing of the events before they unfolded. Here He is preparing his disciples for what is to come and even after repeating it several times they still didn’t get it because being Jews and fully acquainted with the prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah, they fully expected Him to assume His throne and Kingship over the entire world in short order. They being part of His inner circle expected to share in the glory.

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