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Matthew 20:17 Prediction of Crucifixion

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Prediction of Crucifixion

Jesus headed toward Jerusalem where the crucifixion would occur. He was prepared for it, but his disciples were not.

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Matthew 20:17-34

17. “Conflict predominates in Matthew 21-23. To this point, Jesus had tried to avoid outright conflict, while, at the same time, warning people openly about the poison of the Jewish leaders. When conflict had come, it did so at the initiative of the hypocrites, and Jesus responded to their attacks.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

“Jesus and His disciples are going up out of the Jordan Valley and are approaching Jerusalem where He is to die upon the cross.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 108)

18-19. “New information in this prediction includes the specific references to the Gentiles and to the nature of Jesus’ torment and execution—mocking, flogging, and crucifixion.” (Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. [Nashville: Broadman Press], 306)

“This prediction, unlike the others, included the condemnation by the leaders, and the mocking, scourging, and crucifixion by the gentiles.” (The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, [Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014], 1490)

Mother’s Request

20. The mother of James and John came to Jesus to ask if her sons could sit on the right and left of Jesus.

21. “This was a different picture than Jesus had in mind. The person on a king’s right hand was his second in command, and the one to his left was third.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

22. “By asking for the positions of greatest authority, they were asking for the most bitter cup of suffering. Of this implication they were ignorant: You don’t know what you are asking.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

23. “Jesus assures them that they will indeed suffer but that he does not have the authority to grant their request.” (Blomberg, 307)

Indignation

24. “The other ten disciples react more out of Jealousy than out of genuine concern for John and James.” (Blomberg, 307)

25. “The key to greatness is not found in position or power, but in character. We get a throne by paying with our lives, not by praying with our lips. We must identify with Jesus Christ in His service and suffering, for even He could not reach the throne except by way of the cross.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 75)
(Philippians 2:1-18)

“To improve our praying we must improve our serving. If we are serving Him and others, then we will not be praying selfishly.” (Wiersbe, 75)

26. “‘Jesus’ entire thrust is on enabling and empowering others rather than wielding power for oneself.” (Blomberg, 308)

27. “Our Lord makes it very clear that the way to be great and the way to serve Him is to take the lowest place.” (McGee, 109)

28. “We are to serve the genuine good of other believers, not simply do what they want us to do. This means that the truly great believer will sometimes encounter misunderstandings from others and disappoint and even anger others by right choices.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

Blind Men

29-30. “Here Jesus put into practice what He had just taught the disciples. He became a servant to two rejected blind beggars.” (Wiersbe, 75)

“Mark supplies the name of one of the men—Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46).” (Blomberg, 309)

31. “The crowd rebuked the men, telling them to be quiet, lest they disturb the important holy man. But these were desperate men. No social taboos would rob them of this opportunity for healing.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

32. “Why did the Lord ask what He could do for them? My friend, when you come to the Lord Jesus Christ, you must tell Him your need. If you are coming to Him for salvation, you must tell Him that you are a sinner and need His salvation.” (McGee, 109)

33. “The blind men have undoubtedly heard of Jesus’ reputation and would dearly love their sight restored.” (Blomberg, 310)

34. “Immediately the two men regained their sight and joined his followers, undoubtedly praising God all the way to Jerusalem. This healing and the enthusiasm it must have caused in the crowd provided the momentum for Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

References

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. Nashville: Broadman Press
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels. New York, HarperCollins Publishers
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004

 

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