Again, as they proceeded towards Jerusalem, the Lord forewarned His disciples that He would soon be betrayed unto His enemies, who would mock, and to scourge, and to crucify Him.  But this tragic tale would have a happy ending, for the Son of man would rise in triumph over the grave and all the powers of darkness. 

The Lord repeated this same prophecy so many times that we often marvel that the disciples were so stunned and disillusioned when He was slain.  So overwhelmed were they by shock and grief after the Lord’s crucifixion, they even forgot His promise that He would rise again from the dead.  But do we do any better when we fail to take advantage of God’s promises when a moment of crisis arises in our lives?

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