Great was their sorrow

Matthew Bible Background

01.24.2018 – New Testament: Matt 17.22–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 17 on January 24, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Jesus had already spoken to His disciples of the suffering that He would receive in Jerusalem, the city of God, but He set them up again to know that the time was coming quickly,

Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.” And they were exceedingly sorrowful (Matthew 17.22–23).

Here Jesus let them know that He would be killed, and rise from the dead on the third day, but this time He added that someone would betray Him. That means someone close to Jesus, a follower of Jesus, would turn Him over to His enemies. Would that not have made you exceedingly sorrowful?


  • What do you think when a former follower of Jesus turns on Him?
  • Have you ever turned away from Jesus?

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