When Jesus was on earth, He revealed to His disciples that He would have to die and then rise again. But how many times did He tell them this? Let’s take a closer look.
The First Prediction
The first time Jesus told His disciples about His resurrection was in Matthew 16:21: “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
This prediction came after Peter declared Jesus as the Messiah. It was a shocking revelation for the disciples, who didn’t understand why Jesus had to die.
The Second Prediction
The second prediction of Jesus’ resurrection was in Matthew 17:22-23: “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.’ And the disciples were filled with grief.”
This time, Jesus spoke more explicitly about what would happen to Him. The disciples were still struggling with this idea and found it difficult to accept.
The Third Prediction
In Matthew 20:17-19, we see Jesus predicting His resurrection for a third time: “Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!'”
At this point, it seems that even though Jesus had already predicted His resurrection twice before, the disciples still did not fully understand what He was saying.
The Fourth Prediction
The fourth and final prediction of Jesus’ resurrection is found in Matthew 28:6: “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
This time, it wasn’t a prediction but rather a confirmation that what Jesus had said would happen actually did happen. The women who came to the tomb were told by an angel that Jesus had risen from the dead.
So, to answer the question of how many times Jesus told His disciples about His resurrection – He predicted it three times and confirmed it once. These predictions were necessary for the disciples to understand the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It was through this event that humanity was reconciled to God, and all who believe in Him may have eternal life.