“Scriptures Must Be Fulfilled!”(Lk.18:31-34).
The Twelve were the members of “The Inner Circle” of the Jesus Movement. They had access to privileged information as Jesus usually took them aside and disclose information not yet known by others.
In today’s reading Jesus took them aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem,and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him.On the third day he will rise again.”
Ironically this “inner circle” “did not understsnd any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.”
While Jesus was an avid reader of (and steeped in) scriptures, the disciples were content just to follow him. That’s why they did not understand. The meaning was hidden from them, but was right there in the scriptures. If they read the scriptures they would have known what the prophets had written about Jesus.
Jesus faced his fate Spartan-like, ensuring that what was written about him must be fulfilled. This is a lesson for us his disciples. The way of the cross is the way of mockery, insults, derision and may be death. But the death of a believer is not annihilation. Those who die in Christ Jesus shall rise again, even as he rose on the third day.
Let us explore the scriptures so that we can be able to understand the meaning of spiritual matters for ourselves. The word of God is a “gold mine” for those who dig it. The deeper you dig into it, the more you unearth the hidden meaning so that you can always understand the meaning of what Jesus is talking about.
Weekend prayer: “O teach me, Lord, that I may teach the precious things that thou dost impart; And wing my words, that they may reach the hidden depths of many a heart…” Amen!
Have a blessed weekend! Peace be with you!