"But now it is Wednesday and tomorrow is the day for the slaying of the thousands of Paschal lambs. Today is a day devoted to his intimate friends."
Jesus passed this day of rest and retirement with his disciples. How could they not know that the end of a perfect ministry was coming? He had proclaimed it 12 times in the there previous years.
- At the first Passover, three years before. "Destroy this temple and after three days I will raise it up. (John 2)
- To Nicodemus he said, "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up. (John 3)
- To the disciples of John he said, "The days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken from them ." (Matt. 9)
- To the sign seeking scribes and Pharisees he said, "For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (Matt. 12)
- To the Twelve he said, "And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." (Matt 10)
- In the Sermon on the bread of life he said, "And the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I give for the life of the world." (John 6)
- After Peter's stirring testimony it is written, "From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how he must go uno Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day." (Matt. 16)
- On the Mount of Transfiguration he discussed his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. (Luke 9)
- Coming down from the mount he said, "The Son of Man shall be betrayed unto the hands of men; And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again." (Matt, 17)
- En route to Jerusalem he said, "They shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him; and the third day he shall rise again." (Matt. 20)
- In the teachings of the Good Shepard he said, "I am the good shepherd; and the good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep.." (John 10)
- In the parable of the wicked husbandmen he said. "This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize his inheritance." (Matt. 21)
On this day, alone with them and others, like Mary and Martha, he taught them all that they were then able to receive about his coming ordeal and the all that would result therefrom.