Matthew 20:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 20:17, NIV: Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them,

Matthew 20:17, ESV: And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them,

Matthew 20:17, KJV: And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,

Matthew 20:17, NASB: As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and on the road He said to them,

Matthew 20:17, NLT: As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him.

Matthew 20:17, CSB: While going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the twelve disciples aside privately and said to them on the way,

What does Matthew 20:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Matthew now reminds us that Jesus is continuing to move toward Jerusalem. He has left behind His life and ministry in the region of Galilee. In voluntarily moving toward Jerusalem, the seat of both Roman and Jewish power in Israel, Jesus has initiated the final steps toward the completion of His mission. This is more than a change of scenery; this also implies Jesus is heading towards His enemies, and eventual execution (Mark 8:31). For the third time, He will once again describe exactly what will happen to Him when they reach Jerusalem.

There can be no doubt. Jesus fully understood who He was and why He had come to earth in the first place. He was, in truth, "the Christ, the Son of the living God," just as Peter had described Him (Matthew 16:16). What that meant, though, Peter did not understand. Jesus had not come to overthrow and rule and judge on earth at this time. He had come to die, as the Son of God, for the sins of humanity and to be raised, by the power of God, from the dead. He had come to make a way out of sin and death once and for all.