The crucifixion of Jesus is one of the most significant events in Christianity. But did the disciples understand what was going to happen to Jesus? Let’s explore this topic in detail.
What did Jesus tell His disciples?
Before His crucifixion, Jesus spoke to His disciples about what was going to happen to Him. In Matthew 16:21-23, Jesus told His disciples that He would suffer at the hands of the elders and be killed.
He also said that He would rise again on the third day. However, Peter rebuked Him and said that it would never happen. This shows that even though Jesus had told them what was going to happen, they did not fully understand it.
One event that may have helped the disciples understand what was going to happen to Jesus was the transfiguration. In Matthew 17:1-9, Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a high mountain where He was transfigured before them.
His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as light. Moses and Elijah also appeared and spoke with Him.
After this event, Peter wanted to build three tabernacles for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. However, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” This event may have helped the disciples understand that Jesus was not just a prophet but the Son of God.
The Last Supper
At the Last Supper, which is also known as the Passover meal, Jesus spoke about His impending death. In Matthew 26:26-28, He took bread and wine and said that they represented His body and blood which were going to be given for them.
Even though Jesus had spoken about His death several times before this event, it seems that the disciples still did not fully understand what was going to happen.
The Garden of Gethsemane
In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed to His Father and asked Him if it was possible for Him to avoid the crucifixion. In Matthew 26:38-39, He said, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here and watch with me.” This shows that Jesus was in great anguish about what was going to happen to Him.
However, when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus, Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of one of the soldiers. This shows that even though Jesus had told them what was going to happen, they still did not fully understand it.
In conclusion, it seems that the disciples did not fully understand what was going to happen to Jesus. Even though He had spoken about His death several times before His crucifixion, they still did not comprehend it. However, after His resurrection, they were able to see things more clearly and understand the significance of His sacrifice.
As Christians, we can learn from this and strive to have a better understanding of God’s plan for our lives. We may not always know what lies ahead, but we can trust in God’s love and guidance.