v 17. As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him.
This is now the third time that Matthew records Jesus warning them about His crucifixion. (see 16:21 and 17:22) And each time He gets them to look beyond that to the resurrection. ‘But on the third day he will be raised from the dead ‘ (v 19) Even still, Jesus’ resurrection seems to have caught the disciples by surprise when it happened! The Good News is about Jesus dying to redeem sinners AND rising again to reign in a redeemed universe.