Everything that is written ... will be accomplished.
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. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
I think that it is so easy to be a Monday morning quarterback when we read accounts such as this one. We can look back and wonder how it was that everyone seemed to be so blind to the mission of Christ. How could it be that they missed it? Even when he spoke of himself as one who the prophets spoke about they did not understand the true nature and mission of the Messiah. These did not stay in ignorance but many today choose to ignore the prophets.
What do you think the phrase "This saying was hidden from them" meant? Do you think that it was all about God preventing them from seeing or do you think that something else concealed the truth from them? Is it possible that Jesus' mission was concealed from them because they really did not want to believe that the Messiah's kingdom was so much different than the one that they had expected. Could it be that their blindness was self-inflicted?
Please open our inner eyes Lord to see you and your mission in our world today.