April 01, 2019
Preparing and Prophesying About Calvary
Matthew 16:21 (KJB) From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Though Jesus Christ spoke in a clear language about the approaching of His death, His message was not understood or received by the crowds or His closest men, then or now. Today we can look at events and circumstances at work in this world through the lens of Calvary, and fit it all neatly together. In the time of the recording of this scripture verse, these words were a prophecy referring to a future spiritual event, making it hard to comprehend inside such finite and spiritually unfocused minds.
This prophecy was fulfilled with the finished spiritual work of Christ on the cross and His subsequent death, burial, and resurrection. Though it can perhaps be easier to understand from our current vantage point, mankind can be fickle. Though he has been given evidence of God painted on the horizon (Romans 1:20), unrefutable proof recorded in the Bible, along with records found in secular history, many still refuse to believe, nor desire to understand anything about the eternal message contained in His death, burial, and resurrection.
Take time to communicate with God and read and study His Word for it can forever change your life!. Even though the Apostles spent much time with God, they did not comprehend most of His important teaching. We too must read and study and allow His Word to sink into the depths of our heart (Psalm 19:11) so that we can understand His Truth and choose to live in obedience with spiritual understanding of who He is and perpetually will remain.
Jesus spent time preparing His Apostles for what was about to happen. Though He spoke to them with everyday language, they could not understand that which He parlayed for their learning. We too must spend time preparing and learning about Him and allow His message to sink and take hold in our heart and mind.