Mothers must never give up or surrender to the world. The enemy roams around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour, but greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Keep praying, keep believing, and keep fighting for the life of your sons and daughters. Even if you are not a biological mother, you are a mother of the church, and the children in this church need your godly influence and your persistent prayers.
The disciples had previously failed to hear Jesus speak of His coming sacrifice, but now the Father said, “Hear Him,” and then as they walked down the mountain Jesus revisited this topic, because, after all, how could they refuse to hear Him now? Jesus told them again, “the Son of Man … must suffer many things and be treated with contempt” (v. 12b).