Preached on Monday the 1st of August, 2022.
In this passage, the Lord Jesus intentionally withdraws from public ministry to make room for something of even greater importance. He took time aside with his disciples, and especially the twelve as the foundations of the church, to ensure that they understood what was absolutely central to Christ and his mission. What is this great, central truth? The Lord Jesus Christ has come to be killed in the place of sinners, and that he will rise again from the dead. There is no Christianity without Christ. And a Christ without the cross and resurrection is not the biblical Christ. The disciples at this point still did not understand Christ thoroughly. Is this also true of you? Have you reckoned with who he really is and what he has come to do? May the Lord grant us all a true view of His glorious Son.