Jesus Predicts His Death

Back when communism reigned in Russia, stories from the underground church would surface from time to time. On one particular Sunday, a group of believers gathered for worship. They arrived throughout the day so as to not arouse suspicion by KGB informants. By dark, they we … More

Discipleship

Peter and the other disciples had paid a high price by leaving their homes and jobs to follow Jesus (v. 28). But Jesus reminded Peter that following him has its benefits as well as its sacrifices. They had begun to pay the price of following Jesus and He said they would be rewarded (vv. 29-30). Even though they had left their parents, brothers, sisters, wives and children to follow Him, they would be rewarded many times over in this life and in the life to come. In other words, he was telling them not to dwell on what they had given up, but to think about what they had gained and to give thanks for it. We can never out give God.

The disciples had begun to pay the price for following Jesus and He said they would be rewarded. Any believer who has had to give up something to follow Christ will be paid back in this life as well as in the next. Gathering the twelve disciples around Him, Jesus began to make some predictions about what would happen to Him as they traveled up to Jerusalem (vv. 31-34). The disciples apparently didn’t understand Jesus, because they focused on what he said about His death and ignored what He said about His resurrection. Even though Jesus spoke plainly, they would not grasp the significance of His words until they saw the risen Christ face to face.

Application

Have I honestly and objectively taken my goals before the Lord for His approval? Do my goals feed my ego more than they honor the Lord? Would I be willing to change my goals if God were to show me that I should?

Luke 18:28-34 (English Standard Version)

And Peter said, "See, we have left our homes and followed you." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life." And taking the twelve, he said to them, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise." But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

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