Why the Bible is so Difficult to Understand.
"Have you ever wondered why the Cross took the disciples by surprise? During His ministry, Jesus taught the disciples at least three times, in plain, explicit language, that “it was necessary” that the Son of Man should “suffer many terrible things . . . and be killed” (Matt. 16:21, NLT). He also alluded to His death at least eight other times. In addition, the Gospel of John registers seven references made by Jesus in the last week of His ministry to the “hour” of His death. What else could Jesus have done? How in the world were the disciples able to dismiss such clear warnings?"
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Cortez, Felix, "Why the Bible is so Difficult to Understand." (2016). Faculty Publications. 476.