A couple of days ago I was reading this passage. As I finished the text, I was struck by Jesus' words and asked: Why bringing the subject of his death when everyone is marveling at God for the miracles performed?
I guess it is because we have a tendency to focus on the gifts rather than on the Giver, on the things that seem good to us (like healing taking place) rather than on the things that don't look good at first look (like the death of the Son of God). That's something the disciples couldn't understand. The text is clear about that.
Back then, the disciples were afraid to ask Jesus about. Today, we ought not to be afraid to embrace it 'cause now we have the full picture: The One who did not deserve the worst thing in the world has brought the best thing in the world to the one who deserved to die.
Thank you Lord. Forgive my weak heart and help me understand your sacrifice.