Matthew 20:17-34 – Humble Sacrifice Brings Glory

Jesus has already told his disciples of a new world and thrones that are coming in the future (20:28). However, this is not all Jesus knows of the future. Jesus is already familiar with the cost of this coming kingdom. A cost He will have to pay. For the third and final time in Matthews gospel, Jesus describes the brutal tortures that He will endure once they get to Jerusalem. He will be delivered over to the gentiles by His own people. He will then be mocked, flogged, and crucified. These were the most horrific punishments available in the first century. Yet, Jesus was willing to face them for the salvation of His people. His sacrifice sets us free from sin, death, shame and guilt.