Matthew 17

Matthew 17:5

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”

This is My beloved Son. The heavenly voice repeats the affirmation heard at Christ’s baptism. See entry for Matthew 3:17.

Matthew 17:20

And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

(a) Because of the littleness of your faith. Which is to say they had no faith at all. They were unbelieving (see verse 17).

(b) Faith the size of a mustard seed. We don’t need great faith to draw upon the abundance of God’s grace. Even a small mustard-seed amount of faith is enough to move mountains. We don’t need more faith as much as we need a deeper revelation of God’s love for us. It is his goodness that inspires us to trust him.

Matthew 17:23

and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day.” And they were deeply grieved.

The third day. On several occasions Jesus prophesied that he would be killed and raised on the third day (Matt. 16:21, 17:23, 20:19, Luke 9:22, 18:33). That prophecy came true when the women discovered his empty tomb (Mark 16:1). Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation (Friday morning; see Mark 15:42) that preceded the Sabbath (the second day), and his empty tomb was discovered the day after the Sabbath (Sunday morning, the third day).

Further reading: “Good Friday Timeline.

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