Matthew 20:17-19 NRSVue
17While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves and said to them on the way, 18“Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; 19then they will hand him over to the gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and on the third day he will be raised.”
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Some thoughts on this scripture
There is a sense of doom and destiny in Jesus? words. Like Captain Oates going out into the Antarctic night: /I am just going outside and may be some time./ Or like Aslan, the heroic lion in Narnia, walking alone into the hands of the Ice Queen. The anticipation of personal catastrophe chills the heart. When Jesus foretells the Passion, he mentions not just the handover, but the flogging and mocking. It is hard to imagine the terror that must have shadowed his heart in those last weeks.