Jesus told his disciples as they traveled up to Jerusalem, “the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.” Surely the disciples were confused, distressed – just as they had been each time Jesus previously foretold his death. Wasn’t Jesus the Messiah? Wasn’t he going to deliver his people from oppression and rule from the throne? How could he be condemned? Beaten? Put to death?
The disciples didn’t understand any of it, but Jesus did. This was the plan. It always had been. Jesus would rescue his people, but it wouldn’t be from physical bondage, it would be from bondage to sin. He would be victorious, but it wouldn’t be over the Roman Empire, it would be over death. He would rule and reign, not over the Kingdom of Israel, but over the hearts and lives men. Jesus was not the Messiah people expected. He was the Messiah destined by the Father.
Join us beginning on March 5th for our sermon series “The Destined Messiah,” as we recount Jesus’ final journey into Jerusalem, exploring the events of the Holy Week, culminating with his resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 16th.