Matthew 17:22-23 – Study Lesson about Christ
Many times before Easter Sunday Jesus talked to the disciples about how He would be killed, and then rise on the third day.
They didn’t understand and were terrified at the prospect of Jesus leaving them.
Christ knew that the people against Him would plot to kill Him but went on with the plan of God.
Why? It’s simple – to save us.
Resurrection Revealed – Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time
And while they were gathering together in Galilee, Jesus said to them,
“The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men; and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day.” And they were deeply grieved. – Matthew 17:22-23 NASB
For the Second Time Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection – Understanding the Bible
“..and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day.” And they were deeply grieved.” – NASB
Do you sometimes look at Bible chapters and verses only to become frustrated because you don’t fully comprehend the meaning?
Sunday school time and Bible study programs through church help to clarify some of the confusion.
Truthfully, there is nobody but God who understands * every word of Scripture.
* Be wary of those who claim to know everything about God. They don’t!
The Resurrection of Christ
As for the disciples, this is the second time Jesus mentioned His death and resurrection.
Just as before, His followers did not listen to the second part of His message.
They only received the worst of the message (“..and they will kill Him”) and knew their leader and teacher was about to go to His death.
Purpose of Jesus?
The disciples had been with Jesus for some time. They witnessed remarkable miracles and heard the very words of God beyond imagination.
But, they still did not understand Jesus’ purpose on earth – until the great Pentecost (drawn from Acts Chapter 2) revealed the purpose for them and the purpose of Christ.
All We Need to Know
As for us, the next time we feel bewildered at Bible reading, and don’t quite understand the meaning, let’s not beat ourselves up about it. We are not alone.
All we do need to understand is John 3:16 which says we will be saved from eternal death if we believe and accept Christ as our Savior and Lord.
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You’ll find that some things are difficult to understand (I do too!) but you’ll almost always find a lesson which addresses a problem you or someone you know is facing.
Don’t underestimate the power of God’s Word.
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 here to get more information.