The Lord Jesus was ever gracious to prepare the minds of His disciples for the days ahead.  Numerous times in the gospels we see Him reminding them that He must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be killed, and then raised gloriously from the dead.  How dense and dull they appear, when we witness them after Christ’s resurrection doubtful and unbelieving! Yet we see this in our own hearts as well.  After a thousand of the Lord’s blessings showered upon us, we are still moved to doubt His goodness and compassion when the next trial arises.  Thank God that our salvation is by grace, and not according to the consistency of our faith!