The Rauschmonstrum Watches Jesus Predict His Own Death

This post originally appears as a chapter in my book The Gospel of the Rauschmonstrum.

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the Pharisees, the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be resurrected.

Peter took him aside and began to chastise him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

Jesus responded by turning to Peter and saying, “Get behind me, Satan! You are just a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

“Better to have human concerns than the ones you have in mind, Nazarene” thought the Rauschmonstrum.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his life?

Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will judge to everyone according to their deeds. Most certainly I tell you, there are some standing here who will in no way taste of death, until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

The Rauschmonstrum watched this with great interest, for he had gotten weary of the possibility of the death of the Nazarene. A part of him hoped their game could go on forever and ever. However Jesus seemed eager for his death to take place.

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