Jesus teaches Privately
As Jesus’ public Galilean ministry comes to a close he will pass through Galilee so that he can teach his disciples privately about what is to happen. Please read Mark 9:30-32. The disciples now know who Jesus is as Peter confessed that he was the Christ. After this Jesus began to teach openly that he, the Son of Man, must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priest and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. For the disciples there was no room in their theology of a suffering Messiah. Shocked by this Peter rebuked Jesus, which led to
Jesus rebuking Peter, telling Satan to get behind him because he didn’t have the things of God in mind but the things of man. Then as Jesus took three of them up the mountain they saw him transfigured right before their eyes. They were terrified after the voice came from heaven saying this is my beloved Son listen, to him. On the way down they were asking about the resurrection and what did that mean. Now as Jesus teaches them privately, he once again is going to teach them about what is to soon take place. He teaches that, “The Son of Man is being betrayed, (is going to be delivered up) into the hands of men.” As soon as we hear this we think of Judas. Long before Judas betrayed Jesus, the LORD wrote in Isaiah 52:13-53:12 about his suffering servant. 53:6 teaches us that the LORD laid on him the iniquity of us all. In 53:12 he was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sins of many and makes intercession for the transgressors. The disciples had a difficult time understanding that Jesus would have to suffer before he was glorified. Paul later wrote to the Church in Rome, that Jesus was delivered up for our trespasses and raised up for our justification. (Romans 4:25) Also that God did not spare his own Son but delivered him up for us all. (Romans 8:32). As we have learned that Jesus was first delivered up by his Father and then Judas of his own volition betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. There is something more at work here as Jesus teaches his disciples privately. His disciples should be reflecting on what Moses told Israel about God raising up a prophet like him from among their brothers. Jesus began teaching publicly about his death and resurrection, on the mountain with the three disciples he made known his resurrection and now privately about his suffering and resurrection. According to Deuteronomy 18:15-22 if Jesus doesn’t rise again from the dead then he is a false Messiah and the world doesn’t need to listen to him. We don’t need to be afraid of him. But that’s not what happened. We know that on the third day Jesus was raised up from the dead and the world has not been able to disprove nor able to stop him from building his church. Whose teaching are you listening to?