by Christina Farris
30 And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.
31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him. The time of being afraid to ask is when things sound strange to one's ears I can imagine the disciples continual fear of hearing the prophesy of Jesus soon arrest, must not of sound pleasant to the ears of any disciple. In fact they may of wonder what it meant. Jesus comes out in scripture as a super hero that he was, but we must begin to ask if anyone else spoke this way what would we think? How would we react. Did they even understand with the words Son of man that he was speaking of himself, being the son of man. He talked this way privately with his disciples, not in a group of people.
The point being was Jesus a lunatic for the way he talked. If we sit and exam all Jesus said we would think not. I have only seen two death predicted in my Christian life and I hope never to see it happen again, though I have myself have even felt someone would die, or be in trouble for something they did. No one seem to ask Jesus what he did wrong, or why would he be arrested. I suspect most Bible Scholars would not even attempt to teach on this subject because of the hyprocrisy in trying to see Jesus as the Messiah as well as son of man.
What would you be thinking as a disciple if you seen Christ arrest soon after this speech, even if it more then a month. How long would you listen to this type of speech if you heard it today? Would you think the person might be the antichrist, or a devil? Would you question that maybe the Pharisees and Sadduccees might be correct in their thinking that he was devil possessed. If you take the road of the religious leaders that suppose to have faith and suppose to have skills and knowledge about God that you do not possess, would you began to believe them as Jesus talked in this manner?
Our nation has been plagued in this century with different type of antichrist, or ministers that thought they had a relationship with God, but their sins were so evil, that if they were in a relationship with God, it was like devil talking to God in the book of Job. What the difference in Christ and the antichrist. David Koresh was accused of child abuse. Jim Jones taught suicide, and there as been a few more out there one being a man with the last name Applegate leader of heaven gate cult, who would lead his people to suicide, in the hopes of some spacecraft rescueship coming to pick them up or something like that.
There men that claim visions, and only part if any of the vision came to pass, from minister claiming God promised him a million dollars if he would stay in a tower, until the donations came in. Scary, or more like this would never happen to me attitude. Nothing wrong with walking into a situation, nothing wrong with trying to help those inside to get out, but when you yourself start believing what they say, beware, you are now part of there group from a psychological and belief perspective.
What if prophesy comes to pass? Jesus prophecy of his arrest, his death, and then his resurrection came to pass. Is that what you believe or do you know it in your heart to be true? How has Jesus changed your life for the better? One has to study the whole christian movement and ask, has Jesus made the world a better place, I believe the answer is yes. However there some claiming Christ that know not his teachings. Do not know the concept of love. How many of us live the Christian life perfectly, it not about our perfection but Christ perfection, down to obeying God. With all the prophesy could Jesus had stopped his death, perhaps if he went back down to Egypt or away from Israel. Even scripture declares at the time of the cross Jesus could of been saved by the angels.
Did not Christ begin to loose his popularity before his cross? Where there not skeptics, and tellers to the scribes and priest of his day when Jesus performed any miracle like rising of death with Lazarus, causing priest to grow angry. (John 11 end of chapter after his resurrection). Truth is Jesus had people that hated him and his prophesy got a little insane maybe perhaps for the disciples too, that they were in fear to ask what Jesus meant exactly.
We must remember the disciples had witnessed many things with Jesus, maybe so much so that their fear being to great to ask, but not to great that they were willing to wait around to see what would happen. However being arrested and killed does not sound like something to wait around and see if it would happen, it more like how do I get out. Perhaps Judas not fully convince of who Jesus is was so ready to betray Jesus with his words to the Priesthood. Maybe it was these words that caused Judas Iscariot to consider Jesus was better off dead with his popularity. Judas was no better off with all this conversation then any disciple, but he may of been the one to act on these speeches in the since of fear. We do not know for sure if this stirred Judas heart to betray, but I know personally this type of talk would not of helped me.
What convinces me Jesus is the Messiah, for after all I can read this story and I know how it ends with the cross and resurrection. It causes me to examine all the evidence a little more. Then it reminds me of all that is prewritten about the Messiah in Isaiah. WAs not Jesus using modern language to describe events of what would happen to the Messiah. He would be lead to the slaughter. He would be beaten, He would be placed on the cross/altar for our sins.
Here is the key to understanding the difference between a lunatic the antichrist and Jesus. Jesus prophesy is reflected in scripture from long ago. Jesus words describe it in modern world of his day. Prophesy also describes what type of man the Messiah would be, one of righteousness, faith and so forth. Though healing is also prophesied about in scripture, it never seemed like the main course of events dealing with the journey of the Messiah. Meaning the main course being the cross, because the crosses purpose was to take away the sins of the world and to rise again and begin anew.
David Koresh knew he would die, but he knew he would die in his compound why, because he knew the government would not allow the abuse going on to remain once it was proven and to backdown made him a cowarded to the world. He used scripture to try and claim to be something he was not, and to use it to describe what was happening to him, a type of antichrist.
To know Bible is to know who Jesus is, who the apostle, prophets, and about what it teaches. It also is to know what it means to see signs in the sky and earth, that means different storms, and devastation. The effects of earthquakes, floods and volcanoes.To see the inside of volcano with lava coming up. To know that it time to get out of the way or pray for God's divine mercy. God mercy and deliverance comes to those that seek God and Christ Jesus. To understand the risen Lord still working in the lives of the believers today. That is the difference. A life that receive Christ and a clean slate so to speak, has opportunity for Jesus to change that life from evil/sin to good. God still the convictor of the heart. That is a real feeling and real change that occurs in the human heart when one believes. It is the knowledge of knowing the difference that will save you.
Examine the scripture, study, and do not assume, because a devil or false teacher can lead many astray with prophesy that not real. And prophetic undertones that seem real. Examine Christ prophecies are they the same as old.
Dear Heavenly Father, when we are afraid to ask, cause us to search and seek for the answer, so we know your word is true, in Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Isaiah 53:1-12 KJV
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.