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.”
I can picture this in my mind. It was a beautiful spring day. The sun was shining and the birds were singing. Wildflowers were blooming and the world seemed fresh and clean. Passover was near so Jesus and the disciples were walking toward Jerusalem. They were walking and talking about many things, as men do. Perhaps they were discussing the last parable Jesus had told. Or maybe they were discussing more worldly things such as fishing, women, food, money, family, or other things.
Jesus stepped to the side of the road and said, “Huddle up, men, I’ve got something important to tell you. I know that you are all looking forward to spending Passover with family and friends. But before that happens, I will be tortured and killed. But three days later I will rise from the dead.”
Probably his friends were experiencing many things like shock, disbelief, worry, grief, denial, and more.
Put yourself in their sandals for a minute. If you didn’t know about Resurrection Sunday, what would you have thought and felt about what Jesus had just said? How do you feel now that you know he arose?
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