31 And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32 For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. 33 And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” 34 But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said. (Luke 18:31–34 ESV)
We are going to Jerusalem.
And I do not understand.
All things are possible for God, Jesus just told the rich young ruler in Luke’s gospel. All things are possible with God, even the salvation of the wealthy. The young ruler asked how to gain eternal life, and he was told to love God, love neighbor, and give away all he had to the poor and follow Jesus.
We’re called to leave everything behind, even kin, for the sake of God’s kingdom. And if we do that — really, truly do leave everything for the kingdom — we’ll get houses and kin “many times more in this time, and in the age to come.”
What does any of this have to do with going to Jerusalem, with betrayal and suffering and death?
All things are possible for God. So, why are we going to Jerusalem? Why are we facing betrayal and death? Why is any of this coming? Why is this written? Why is this necessary? Why can’t Jesus stop it?
I do not understand. I still follow, all the way to the end, but I do not understand.