Jesus was heading up to Jerusalem with His disciples.
He tells them the plan:
1. We are going up to Jerusalem
2. I am going to be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes
3. I will be condemned to death by them
4. I will be delivered to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified
5. Then on the third day I will rise again.
I wonder what they thought of this plan they were heading into. Plans to watch their teacher die. Or were they listening? Jesus told them this several times and yet when it comes time to happen they break apart and flee.
Jesus could see the big picture that death was not the end, but life was going to come from it all. He knew what He would have to go through would be painful but in the end it would bring freedom to the world if they would choose it.
How often do we miss the big picture in our day to day trials and troubles. How often does God speak to us in His word the plans He has for us, and yet do we really listen and trust and believe? Or do we miss what He has said from not taking the time to listen, and then ask God where did you go? What are You doing?
He has told us the plans He has for our lives. In His word He is a God of redemption. We have to keep our eyes and ears open and watch and hear what He hopes to do. Commit our plans to Him trust Him and then spend our time delighting in Him and cultivating faithfulness...
And listen when He speaks.