Archive for August 7th, 2010

Mark 10

Mark 10 gives us some insight into how Jesus trained the twelve.  They have been with Him for some time, and have seen His miracles, heard His teaching, been with Him through it all.  He has battled with the religious leaders and spoken truth at every step of the journey.  He has just had a heart to heart with the rich man who thought he was good enough to get into heaven based on what he has done.  But Jesus points out that it isn’t trying hard that gets us there.  It is total obedience.  It is dealing with every aspect of our lives and surrendering them all to the will of the Father.  In this guy’s case – it was his stuff.  Considering that the twelve have heard Jesus preach and teach hundreds of times before – I am a little surprised that they still react like this: “and the disciples were amazed at His words”.  They had heard them for years, yet they were still amazed.  How can that be?  Because God’s truth is a never ending source of wisdom, guidance and direction.  Jesus continues to teach all the way to the Cross.  “And taking the twelve again, He began to tell them what was to happen”.  Now the stakes are going up.  Jesus is letting His troops in on what is to come.  Did you see the list?

–       “Delivered over

–       Condemned to death

–       Delivered to the gentiles

–       Mock Him

–       Spit on Him

–       Flog Him

–       Kill Him

Not a list I would likely sign up for.  How about you?  Yet Jesus did.  He knew exactly what was to come, and He chose to obey the Father through it all.  The good news is the last part of what He shared with them…..the rest of the story:  “and after three days He will rise”.  Easter morning!  Jesus did arise.  That is the joy in this whole prophecy.  He endured the Cross for you and me, paying the price of our sin, and conquering death!

It wasn’t long after Jesus paints the picture of the future that the sons of Zebedee – James and John – get into an argument.  They want to have Jesus “grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory”.  So Jesus has just painted the future and it doesn’t look to be a very fun path.  James and John are thinking about what?  Themselves and where they fit into all this.  They have missed the point.  Jesus tells them how those seats will be filled: “whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all….. Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”.  How does one become fit for the Kingdom – by becoming a servant to all.  It doesn’t sound like what we hear on TV and the radio today at all.  But Jesus shows us through His life that the way we become like Him is we become a servant – focused on others – not self.  We serve as a slave of all – not to be served – but pouring our life out for others.  Do you live that way – with reckless abandon to your own interests because you are completely focused on others?  Oh that we would understand the lessons that Jesus has taught us.  We need to serve rather than be served.  We need to put our focus on others first.  Are you living like Jesus?

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