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. He will be turned over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.” The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
Alone. Aside with Jesus. Again.
This is the third time that they have heard this and still they don’t understand.
The meaning for the reason of the coming of Christ was hidden from them by their prejudice and belief that they would conquer with Him. They knew their Scriptures of the glorious impact of the Messiah but their hope and excitement of his glory blinded them to the necessary suffering. They just couldn’t see it.
This is the approach, vulnerable, like a child.
This is how you give up everything.
This is the path of Christ.
There are times when you have to face the fact that no matter how many times you tell people, they don’t understand. Sometimes it’s a lonely path to be true to who God wants you to be. Even people who love you and follow you may think differently about the direction you are taking. Their desire for you may blind them to your path.
They have plans for you.
Plans for your prospering, to do well in life, to be happy.
They want you ‘settled down’ (whatever that means).
A friends ‘everything’ is always too much to give.
You need to learn to navigate this.
It is harder to take people with you who don’t fully understand where they are being taken. That’s leadership.