“So Also the Son of Man Is About to Suffer”
Teach us, Lord, that the ways that we presume that your purposes should work out are not necessarily the ways that your purposes will in fact work out.
But don’t allow us to ignore the hard truth that somehow your way is to work your purposes out through the faithful and willing sacrifice of your servants.
Teach us what it means to accept that in some deep way the truth for John the Baptist and for Jesus is also the truth for us.
“As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, ‘Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’ And the disciples asked him, ‘Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ He replied, ‘Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.’ Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.” (Matthew 17:9-13)