When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief. Matthew 16:22-23 NIV
Jesus reminded the disciples of His upcoming death. The first time He told them, Peter pulled Him aside, saying that this must not happen to Him. Jesus rebuked Peter. This time, the disciples were filled with grief. Since Christ had told them of His forthcoming death a second time, maybe they actually started to believe what He was saying to them. Jesus was trying to prepare these men for what was to occur.
Does Jesus through His ways show us of things He wants us to know? Are we “listening” to what He has to say to us, or do we set it aside? I would be willing to bet that most of us at times ignore ways which Jesus tries to make a point to us.
Jesus knows what is best for us, and He tries to help us reduce the amount of strife and grief that we face. Yet, if we do not fully listen to our Lord, much may befall us that need not have occurred.
We truly need to be attentive to the Lord speaking to us. We must consider it a blessing, and really listen. It will be in our best interest to do as He says.