31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished.32 “For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, 33 and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again.” 34 But the disciples understood none of these things, and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said. Luke 18:31–34 (NASB95)
Jesus was about to issue an official prophecy of his death, burial, and resurrection, so he pulled the twelve aside. Even they would not understand what he was about to say. That he would die in such a fashion and that it was imminent was unfathomable. Someone of such great power and influence certainly wouldn’t succumb to these evil men with whom he had toyed and jousted so effortlessly and successfully to this point. All bets would have to be on the Master holding the upper hand in every respect. The only way he would suffer in such a way would be if he allowed it to happen, and that is exactly what he planned to do. It was his passion. He spared the twelve the gory details, leaving the color commentary to Isaiah (Isaiah 53) and David (Psalm 22). What he did for us was amazing. That it happened as foretold at the hands of independent actors is stunning, compelling, and irrefutable.