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scourge him, and put him to death” (Luk   Pictorial Predictions
        18:32-33). Note the accuracy of Christ’s   Jesus not only foretold His death with
        words. The Jewish authorities condemned   carefully worded sentences, but with
        Him to death. The Roman authorities   memorable metaphors. For one, He spoke
        put Him to death. But there was another   of His death as an exodus. On the Mount
        perpetrator. Jesus stated that the Son of   of Transfiguration, “there talked with him
        man would be “betrayed into the hands   two men, which were Moses and Elias [i.e.,
        of men” (Mat 17:22), an early hint (see   Elijah]: Who appeared in glory, and spake
        also John 6:70-71) that one of the Twelve   of his decease which he should accomplish
        would be involved in a treacherous plot   at Jerusalem” (Luk 9:30-31). The word “de-
        against Him.                          cease” is a translation of the Greek word
          Unsurprisingly, the omniscient Lord   exodus, meaning “departure.” As Peter,
        foretold the mode of His death. “And they   James and John listened in wonder, per-
        shall condemn him to death, and shall   haps their thoughts led them to consider
        deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and   another exodus. Moses had guided their
        to scourge, and to crucify him” (Mat 20:18-  nation in an exodus from bondage to Pha-
        19). Given the horrific nature of suffering   raoh in Egypt. Elijah led an exodus of sorts
        and death by crucifixion, one wonders   in bringing the nation out of bondage to
        if there was a perceptible trembling in   false gods. Soon it would become clear to
        His voice as He spoke those words, “to   them that the Messiah they had embraced
        crucify him.”                         would lead the greatest exodus of all from
          But Christ also predicted His own role   the heaviest bondage of all for the greatest
        in His death. Describing Himself as “the   number of people. Christ came to deliver a
        good shepherd” that gives His life for the   world in bondage to sin, Satan and death.
        sheep, our Lord added, “I lay down my   Our Savior also spoke of His death as a
        life, that I might take it again. No man   ransom in a response to James and John’s
        taketh it from me, but I lay it down of   request for honor in His coming kingdom.
        myself. I have power to lay it down, and I   “The Son of man came not to be ministered
                                              unto, but to minister, and to give his life a
        have power to take it again” (Joh 10:11,17-  ransom for many” (Mat 20:28). His death
        18). The Lord Jesus was the only person   as an exodus focuses on a release from
        who had the authority to lay down His   bondage. His death as a ransom focuses
        life. Rather than simply recording pas-  on how that release would be effected.
        sively, “And Jesus died,” all four Gospel   Christ would give His precious life as a
        writers are careful to describe the actual   ransom payment necessary to free us from
        death of Christ as something He Himself   bondage to sin.  James and John (and their
        accomplished (Mat 27:50; Mar 15:37; Luk   mother) had it all wrong. Self-sacrifice
        23:46; Joh 19:30).                    characterizes those who will be great in
          Incredibly, the disciples failed to com-  His coming kingdom.
        prehend the many plain predictions      His death as a planting is yet another of
        Christ had given in relation to His death   Christ’s memorable metaphoric predic-
        (e.g., Mar 9:32). His clear announcements   tions. Just days before His lifeless body
        would not make sense until after His   would be placed in a tomb, bringing
        resurrection.                         bewilderment and immeasurable grief to

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