Three times they were told and three times they didn’t make it past the ‘going to be killed’ part. The disciples couldn’t get past the bad part to hear the good news that followed it. Human nature on full display. The focus was on losing Jesus.
“Every time something bad happens, God takes it and turns it around. God uses it to make a blessing of it.” said Pastor Josh. “Why do things have to happen like this? Too often we focus on the wrong part. On the first day of the week Jesus arose for us. That’s the good part.” he concluded.
There’s an old saying that goes something like, “sometimes you have to pass through the fire to get to the other side.” He hung on a Cross, the best among us being hung by the worst. The Son of God who knew no sin made to die a criminal’s death. His prayer of anguish sent to his Father, “My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
For a short time he felt alone, distraught, disconnected. He felt like we feel. The revelation comes on the third day. Jesus overcomes the grave and death. God did give his only Son. He did it for us. So that we can be with him in paradise. That's the good part.