In the final weeks of His life, Jesus set out for Jerusalem. Along the way, He began His most explicit teaching on His purpose: to die on a cross and rise from the dead. But the disciples couldn’t comprehend His teaching’s significance; their concept of the Messiah involved not a crucified servant who would die in shame but a warrior who would lead them to triumph and glory. While Jesus focused on His pending suffering, death, and resurrection, the disciples focused on their own importance. They just didn’t get it!
As Alistair Begg explains, we are more like the disciples than we care to admit. Many professing Christians trivialize the Gospel message by denying the reality of persecution, suffering, and eternal reward. As with them, our pride often hinders our ability to understand the truth. Jesus makes it clear that to follow Him demands a radical shift in our thinking. His disciples just didn’t get it. Do we?