Jesus spent His final days talking to his disciples about what was about to soon take place. It had to be difficult for them to understand. They knew His purpose here on earth, but why did He have to die? They were willing to do anything to make that disappear. Sitting at their Savior’s side during the time of His ministry, they must have known what was coming – or did they? For the past three years He had made known the lessons of life from day one – Creation – which He was a part of. His mission was established at the time to crush the head of Satan and destroy the sting of death.
I think it must have been very confusing for His followers though. The thought of this man suffering deep humiliation and finally a brutal death had to be terrifying for them. Even when it was over and Christ revealed Himself as the risen Son of God, there were those who doubted. I’m sure I would be the same if I had lived in that time. Any time a new teacher came to them, they believed it might be the promised Messiah, but Jesus was just like them. He wasn’t anything special from a kingly standpoint. He was ordinary – not extraordinary. He lived a life a poverty without a house to call His own. Yet He reached thousands of people with His words and nuggets for living a God pleasing life.
As we reflect on the events of the next coming weeks, I pray that minds will be awakened, and the truth will be made known to all. His death was imminent, but His resurrection gave us all victory over death. His return to life is our insurance of eternity in His heavenly kingdom. His last days were just the beginning.