The Daily Bible

Matthew 20:17-19

The Third Prediction of His Death

17While going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the twelve disciples aside privately and said to them on the way, 18“See, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death. 19They will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged, and crucified, and on the third day he will be raised.”

Reflection: So, as it turns out, Jesus has a pretty clear picture of what is in his future, and it is bleak. He’s going to get a death sentence (even though he is not guilty) with a little bit of torture thrown in. It would be easy for anyone to be despondent about it, but Jesus can see beyond it, to life beyond the grave. Even as he faces a horrible death, he has hope.

Question:  Do you feel hopeful as you think about your death?

Prayer:  Father God, thank you that there is life after death. Please help me look forward to spending eternity with you. Amen.