32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. 34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”
Going higher doesn't always equate to easily evident exaltation - the high road is often the sacrificial road of service and hardship. The road to going up often hurts in ways few understand nor are willing to accept. (Mark 10: 26-31)
Following Jesus is not always a journey of sweetness, sometimes it is a journey of frightening surrender - the disciples are both amazed and afraid - but they continue to follow with mixed emotions. Does anybody know what it feels like to follow Jesus with mixed emotions?
Even when the followers of Jesus are not clear, Jesus is clear - always remember, the driver on a road trips with Jesus always knows where He is going.