Matthew 17:22-23
While they were traveling together in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man will be betrayed and handed over to people. They will kill him, but on the third day he will be brought back to life.” Then the disciples became very sad.

Does this scripture selection seem familiar? It should. Just a short time ago we read, “From that time on Jesus began to inform his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem. There he would have to suffer a lot because of the leaders, chief priests, and scribes. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be brought back to life.” (Matthew 16:21)

This is not the first time that Jesus told his disciples about his death and resurrection and it will not be the last. Matthew 20:17-19 reads, “When Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, he took the twelve apostles aside and said to them privately, “We’re going to Jerusalem. There the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and scribes. They will condemn him to death and hand him over to foreigners. They will make fun of him, whip him, and crucify him. But on the third day he will be brought back to life.”

He will say it in parables and stories. Read Matthew 21:33-46 about the wicked tenants who murder the landowner’s son.

It was a hard lesson to learn that the Son of God would be rejected and killed. It still is a hard lesson. In every nation, in every generation, and in every individual the choice is given, accept or reject. In each of our lives we either allow Jesus to live in and through us or we kill the hope he brings. The choice is yours., live or die.

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