Jesus knew of the suffering coming His way

Luke Bible Background

New Testament: Luke 18.31–33

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 18.18–43 on April 22, In the year of our Lord 2020

By Don Ruhl

Do you handle the anticipation of pain well? I don’t. If I know that something is going to hurt, the anticipation itself hurts. Yet, whatever I have suffered in life does not compare to what Jesus knew was coming His way,

Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”

– Luke 18.31–33

Knowing those things, He still went to Jerusalem and allowed evil men to do to Him whatever they desired, and they sought to make Him hurt as much as possible, even using a means of death designed to make men suffer as long as possible without dying. Do the amazing wonders of Jesus ever cease?


  • Why did Jesus willingly submit Himself to such suffering?
  • What are you willing to suffer for those you love?
  • What are you willing to suffer for those who hate you?

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