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Message of the Day: When Jesus’ Words Fell On Deaf Ears!

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 scourge and to crucify. And the third day he will rise again.” (Matthew 20:18-19, NKJV)

Up to this time Jesus had not talked much about His coming crucifixion. But from here on He wanted them to understand plainly what was going to happen to Him.

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Between Peter’s confession and their arrival in Jerusalem, He told them at least five (recorded) times that He would be killed and would rise from the dead:

  1. After Peter’s confession (Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22)
  2. After the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:9, 12; Mark 9:9, 12)
  3. After the healing of the epileptic (Luke 9:44)
  4. While passing through Galilee (Matthew
    17:22–23; Mark 9:31)
  5. Near Jerusalem (Matthew 20:17–19; Mark
    10:32–34; Luke 18:31–34).

The disciples did not understand Jesus, they were still thinking mainly of an earthly kingdom of political power. Jesus’ words and the details he gave about his passion and death fell on deaf ears, even until the resurrection three days after he died.

We see ourselves here, how often did we fail to understand God’s word until something extra-ordinary happens. Let us acknowledge the role of the Holy Spirit in helping us understand Jesus and His teachings.


Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

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