Accompanying John MacArthur sermon: A Preview of Messianic Suffering
Jesus' death did not come as a surprise to Him. In this passage in particular, it is very clear that Jesus knew exactly what was coming. Because of both His perfect knowledge of Old Testament scripture, and because of His personal omniscience, He knew what was going to happen, and why it had to happen that way.
He knew every single detail. His suffering was personally planned by God, as recorded in the Old Testament, personally known by Him in detail through His own omniscience. He knew every bit of it and thus He lived in the anticipation of all this agony long before He ever experienced it.
But the story doesn’t end there. Always in all three of these predictions, it ends this way, verse 34, “And three days later, He will rise again.” And He did.
As the Christmas season approaches, this is exactly what we have to keep in mind. He came for one reason - to live a perfect life, and to die in our place in order to pay our ransom, and to rise again, victorious over Satan, sin, and death. Christmas isn't really about a manger. It's about a cross and an empty tomb.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Mark 10:35-45