“And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify Him: and the third day He shall rise again.”-Matthew 20:17-19.
Our Lord firmly resolved to go to Jerusalem, about a fortnight before the Passover, with the view of becoming Himself the Lamb of God’s Passover. He had frequently quitted Jerusalem when His life had been in danger there, because His time was not yet come, and He thus set us the example of not wilfully running into danger, or braving it with foolhardiness; but now that He felt that the hour of His sacrifice was near at hand, He did not hesitate, or seek to avoid it; but He resolutely set out to meet His sufferings and His death…”And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them; and they were amazed, and as they followed they were afraid.” Knowing that, according to His own account, He was going to suffering and death; and being well assured, from their own observation, that He was about to encounter the most furious opposition, they were amazed at the dauntless courage of His mien and wondered what made Him so resolved. We read that “they were afraid”, afraid for themselves, in a measure, but most of all afraid for Him. Would not His daring lead to conflict with the powers then in authority, and might not terrible things happen both to Him and to them? It was not altogether timidity, but awe which came over them: His manner was so majestic and sublime. That lowly man had a something about Him which commanded the trembling reverence of His disciples…In the presence of their Lord, who seemed to be leading a forlorn hope to a fierce battle, they were afraid. They were amazed at His courage, and afraid for the consequences. They were also amazed at Him, and afraid because of their own unfitness to stand in His presence. Do we not know what this feeling is? ~ C.H. Spurgeon