“He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.”
Jesus knew that He had a purpose and a mission. He also knew what it would involve. He gave His followers three very clear indications of what lay ahead for Him – and which He was not trying to avoid.
• “He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8:31)
• “He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” (Mark 9:31)
• “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.” ( Mark 10:33-34)
He emphasized that, in terms of His mission and purpose, He must suffer and that everything written about Him in Scripture must be fulfilled. And when Peter, who had just recognised Him as ‘the Christ’ objected Jesus response was immediate and clear,
“He rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” (Mark 8:33)
There was only one way for God’s desire and purpose to be fulfilled. And it would be only on the cross that Jesus would be able to cry, ‘It is finished.’
Will I allow God’s will in my life?
Father please help me to pray with sincerity that that Your will be done on earth – and in me – as it is in heaven. Amen.