This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our Advent journey and our preaching series entitled “‘Tis the Reason.” In this fourth week of the series we explore two texts in which Jesus predicts His coming suffering, death, and resurrection in Jerusalem: Matthew 17:22-23 and 20:17-19. Along with Matthew 16:21, these predictions shape the direction in which Jesus will bring salvation as Messiah. They also point us through the darkness of sin, evil, and grief to a hope that is found in Jesus the light of the world.
This message is part of the seventh part of our longer series on Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” and “Who Do You Say I Am?”
“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.” (Matthew 17:22-23)
Jesus’ Three Predictions
First prediction (Matthew 16:21) – in Caesarea Philippi
Second prediction (Matthew 17:22-23) – in Galilee on the way to Jerusalem
Third prediction (Matthew 20:17-19) – nearing Jerusalem
The Promise of Suffering (Matthew 17:22-23; 20:18-19)
Handed over – entrusted – betrayed; hints at the role of Judas
Condemned to death by the chief priests and teachers of the law
Mocked, flogged, and crucified by the Gentiles
Hope in Jesus, the light not been overcome by the darkness
Grappling with Grief and Hope (Matthew 17:23)
The disciples’ grief at Jesus’ prediction
Losing sight of hope
Bringing our grief to Jesus
The Pathway of Hope (Matthew 17:23; 20:19)
On the third day, raised to life
Love arrives in Jesus
Hope rises through Jesus
Faith grasps ahold of Jesus
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Matthew 17:22-23 or 20:18-19
- Although we are preparing for Christmas, remember the real reason for this season by reading Matthew’s account of Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection in Matthew 26:47-28:15.
- Write a prayer of thanksgiving for Jesus’ death and resurrection, perhaps weaving into it the themes of Advent and Christmas.
- Pray for opportunities to share about Jesus the Messiah with those in your relational network. When God gives you opportunity, speak of Jesus to them.