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March 22 | Matthew 17:22-23



Matthew 17:22-23



Taking our Head out of the Sand

by Judy Webb

Matthew 17:22-23 NIV

"When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, 'The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.' It filled the disciples with grief."

Jesus informed his disciples for a second time of his impending death. He also told them “on the third day He will be raised to life.” Did they miss this? Were they so focused on the bad news, the devastating news that Jesus would die, they missed the best news of all? Did their shock and grief close their ears?

Can you imagine a conversation between the disciples when they were finally alone? Perhaps they processed the statement Jesus made and emphatically proclaimed to each other, “No Way! We can’t allow this to happen. He can’t die! What will we do, where will we go?”

It seems the Good News the Disciples would share for hundreds of years, got missed in that moment of panic. They might think they can protect Jesus or shelter Him from harm. Perhaps devise a plan to hover over their friend, maybe even arm themselves. That is wh