Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
It should have come as no surprise when the guards appeared with their swords and staves and took Jesus away that dark night, when He stood before the rulers unjustly accused, when He was beaten and abused at their hands, or when they raised Him up on that cross. It should not have been so shocking that Jesus endured such agony, that He was whipped and bloodied at the hands of mortal men, that the nails went in and the blood poured out and He gave up the ghost. It should not have been so puzzling to find the stone rolled away and body gone and the linen cloths cast aside in the tomb that bright and early morning.
Jesus had told His disciples what would happen. He tried to prepare them ahead of time. The prophets had foretold all that was coming to pass. Scripture had recorded the things they would witness firsthand. The plan had been revealed all along, right from the beginning. Had they not been paying attention? Did God prevent them from realizing what was going on? Did their own misunderstanding hinder them from seeing the predictions coming to pass in real time as they looked on?
Sometimes things aren’t as obvious to us as they should be. Sometimes we can’t put the pieces together until we look back in hindsight and can finally connect the dots. Sometimes something from Scripture doesn’t mean anything until the Spirit comes along and whispers to us what it can mean to us personally in some deep place in our heart that needs it desperately. Sometimes God doesn’t open our eyes to some truth until we’re ready for it.
So many things happened after that fateful day that Jesus foretold of His own death and resurrection. The veil was torn, and the way to the Father was opened. The tomb was opened to reveal that Jesus was alive. The way was opened for the Gospel to go forth into the world. And the eyes of the people were opened to the truth of God’s Word. We can trust every word of Scripture. We can rely on every promise of God. We can know that everything He says will come to pass. And so let us dig deep into that precious book and learn all that we can. Even if we don’t understand everything now, there will come a day where we will see everything come to pass exactly as He already said it would.