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But Jesus’ words had more than one meaning.  First, He was referring to His own body.  These Jewish leaders had already discussed having Him killed because they considered Him a troublemaker.  Jesus knew that no one, not even the disciples understood His meaning.  He also knew that the priests would remember these words and throw them back in His face at His trial and at the Cross. 

But if He tried to explain them now, His disciples would be overwhelmed.  They were not ready to learn that He would suffer and die.  And His explanation would prematurely show the Jewish leaders the end of the path they were walking.


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