When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
Jesus knew the cross awaited Him. He knew that the authorities wanted Him dead. He knew at the Passover meal with His disciples that within hours He would be crucified. It did not surprise Him. A conspiracy was in the works, but Jesus was well aware of it all. He was not caught up in the trap like a victim as much as He was willingly ready to die because His time, a fixed event from God from eternity past, His time to die, to secure our salvation had come. Our redemption was nigh.
Jesus is totally in control, even as it seems that others have the upper hand. He is marching toward the cross even as enemies are conspiring at hidden levels to get Him to the cross. He is boldly declaring that both crucifixion and resurrection await Him as He prepares His disciples for what is about to occur.
Jesus knew the lengths to which He would go to save us. In all courage He boldly went to Golgotha as our Savior. He is stronger than any Olympian, bolder than any super hero, more courageous in the fray than any soldier, for Jesus defeated death by dying and brought eternal life as He was raised from the dead. And this He offers in His love to all who will believe in Him!