Jesus’ Life: Chapter 12 – Jesus’ Ministry In Judea
Jesus, at a time of his choosing and with his disciples, embarked on the journey to Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish Passover. He knew that it would be his final Passover on this earth. Indeed, he knew every little detail of what was about to happen to him in the coming days and knowing, meant his suffering was all the greater.
During their journey, Jesus took his twelve disciples aside and privately forewarned them that He, the Son of God, would be arrested in Jerusalem, handed over to the chief priests, condemned to death, mocked, flogged and crucified but raised back to life again on the third day.
This was the third time Jesus had predicted his future, with the added information that He would rise from the dead. (Matthew 20:17-19, Mark 10:32-34, Luke 18:31-34)
Jesus, amidst his anguish, was trying to encourage and comfort the disciples by sharing news of his glorious resurrection.
Lord Jesus, we abandoned you at a time of personal need, yet you still journeyed towards torture and death for our sake. Forgive us, our feeble efforts. Strengthen our commitment to avoid all future sin.
give us humility wherever pride reigns,
pardon wherever offence abides,
grace wherever sin abounds;
we pray to you;
Jesus Christ, risen Lord,
have mercy on us. Amen.