Week 10, Monday, Mark 10:32-34

 Mark Devotionals

by, Rev. Sunil Balasundaram

Go to Mark 10:32-34

[Please do read the passage before (or after) reading the devotion.]


Why did the Gospel writers record Jesus talking about his death (and resurrection) three times to his disciples/followers? Some were beginning to fear as they neared Jerusalem, so why would Jesus keep telling them what they were not wanting to hear? It could be that Jesus saw his calling very clearly, a calling that involved death. But the event of death was not the only thing that he wanted his disciples to remember. I believe that Jesus wanted them (and us) to know that he knew what awaited him in Jerusalem, and willingly went to it, because it involved yours, mine and humanity’s destiny! Jesus wanted us to know that his love for us was so great, not even the worst kind of death would stop him – in fact that was the only way he could bridge the gap between a sinful humanity and a holy God (cf. John 10:15, 17-18). And besides, note that each time he ends the prediction with the promise of his rising – something he wants us all to look forward to.


Prayer: Thank you for loving me so deeply Lord Jesus, so that “no one took your life from you, but you laid it down of your own accord…” for me, your sheep. Remind me Lord that the deepest expression of love is to give your all, something that you did for a world of undeserving broken people – sinners including me. Forgive me for the times I have doubted your love, and allowed fear to choke me. You did not intend for me to be a victim of my circumstances, but a victor over them. That’s the message of your death and resurrection – your love will always win in the end. In the meantime grow my faith so that through my own times of suffering I will be reassured that you were there first. Amen.

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