It is called the surge. Critically ill patients will sometimes make a surge in recovery immediately before fading to their end. In the Gospel, we see Jesus’ experience a surge as he enters into holy week with unprecedented popularity. Luke tells of His warning to the disciples. He lays it out. He would be turned over to the gentiles(Romans) to be beaten, taunted, spit upon and killed. This is not the typical way one honors a King. The disciples must have been so confused. Why would such a thing occur when everybody loved Jesus. Crowds followed Him everywhere. He was healing, raising the dead, casting out demons! What was not to love.
Jesus knew what was about to transpire. He had known the course of events since creation. God told the animals after the flood that men were simply evil. That definitely had not changed with time. Now, as the end of Jesus ministry was approaching, He was aware of how quickly men would turn on their Star and have Him disgraced and killed. While it must have been a grueling time for the Lord, He knew it was the only way to restore the relationship between a Holy God and sinful men. That was why the Lord was there.
The next days in the life of our Savior would define time, change history, and bring salvation to all that believed. Our very spiritual life was purchased through the betrayal and death of this perfect Man. As we look at Luke’s account of Christ and His ministry, we can never forget that this account was as amazing to Luke as it is to us. We do not deserve such a great sacrifice, the grace, or the mercy Christ bestowed. Still, we are the unconditional recipients of that gift; and, we should start each day–grateful for what the sacrifice of our Lord means for us now and forever.
God Bless You
31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; 33 they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”
34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight
35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.