As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him. “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die. Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”
The best part about this passage is the follow up. Luke 24:8-9 reports, Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. Jesus is so faithful to tell us what’s going to happen before it’s going to happen. Not to confuse or scare us but to prepare us.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
Sometimes I do not plainly rely on what God has plainly told me. But after a trying circumstance I certainly do remember! That’s the Holy Spirit. He promises to teach me and remind me everything Jesus ever said or did (John 14:26). So when I read my Bible and understand it, that’s the Holy Spirit. When an applicable scripture comes to mind during the day, that’s the Holy Spirit. God has made it so that Jesus is with me all the time; I just need to remember sooner.
Thank you for your presence in my life today. Thank you for telling me already that something may not be rosy today and there is no need to worry. You’ve already seen it and handled it, and I am so very thankful. I love you so much; help me remember you sooner. And I pray in your name, amen.