Mark writes excitedly about Jesus as he recalls what Peter the disciple would have told him. 5 times in this short passage the sentence begins with the word, “And”. You can almost hear the exuberance from the young author….
“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, 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. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.” Mark 10:32-34, ESV.
Over the past few weeks we have considered the subjects from our Bible readings of suffering, death and the implications of sin. Today Mark writes again about a prophecy from Jesus that predicts His death and resurrection. This prediction focusses on the fact that Jesus would die at the hands of the religious leaders. How sad that those people who have studied the Scriptures, completely missed that this Jesus is the coming Messiah and all they could do was find ways to have Him humiliated and killed. Take this as a warning that we don’t get caught up with anything other than the Gospel of Jesus.
It would be great if we could be as enthusiastic about Jesus as the young Gospel author, Mark. So imagine what was going through the mind of Mark when he was told about the following statement about Jesus.
“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43b-45.