Jesus had set his face toward Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) and was resolved to traverse that path to the bitter end. He explained to the Twelve disciples multiple times that a rendezvous with death awaited him in that city. In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 18:31-34), Jesus explained this once again, but this time added graphic details of his shameful death which would be followed by his resurrection. The disciples were confused; they simply could not grasp the idea of a Messiah who dies. Only the resurrection of Jesus would open their eyes of understanding.