Return to Galilee. The Passion Foretold.

a MATT. 17:22, 23; b MARK 9:30-32; c LUKE 9:43-45.

      b 30 And they went forth from thence [from the region of Cæsarea Philippi], and passed through Galilee [on his way to Capernaum]; and he would not that any man should know it. [He was still seeking that retirement which began on the journey to Tyre. See Section 66. This is the last definite mention of that retirement, but we find it referred to again at John 7:3 John 7:4 . See Section 75.]

  31 For he taught his disciples [the reason for his retirement is here given: he wished to prepare his disciples for his passion], and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered up [the present tense is used for the future to express the nearness and certainty of the event] into the hands of men,

  a 22 And {c But} a while they abode in Galilee, c while all were marvelling at all the things which he did, a Jesus c said unto his disciples,

  44 Let these sayings sink into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered up into the hands of men. [We have here two notes of time during which Jesus spoke of his passion. It was all the while he was in Galilee, between his return from Cæsarea and his departure into Judæa, for which see Section 75. The length of time suggests that the sad lesson was oft repeated, but was at a time when the marvels of his works strengthened the faith of the disciples so as to enable them to bear the instruction.]

b and they shall kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he shall rise again. {a and the third day he shall be raised up.} [For comment on similar language see Section 49.] And they were exceeding sorry. [Peter's experience taught them not to attempt to correct Jesus while thus speaking, so there was nothing left for them but to grieve at his words.]

  c 45 But they understood not this {b the} saying, c and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it [What was told to them was not for their present but their future benefit, and therefore they were left to puzzle over the words of Jesus]; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying. [Not so much from any awe with which they regarded him, as from the delicacy of the subject itself, and their own sorrow, which shrank from knowing it more fully.]