As we make our way through this difficult passage, we will have to wrestle with some tough questions. That Jesus is warning his disciples, calling them to readiness, is clear. But what exactly does that mean? And how are we to understand the threats of “beatings”? A careful examination of the text in its historical and literary context can show us the way forward, so that we are left not only with a clear call to lean fully on Jesus but also a marvellous picture of a Saviour who came to serve and to save.