Mark 10:32-52 teaches basic Kingdom principles. The first is that suffering leads to glory. Since Jesus is God, as He headed toward Jerusalem, He knew the suffering awaiting Him there.
Since He’s also fully human, He must have felt tremendous stress. How would like to know all the pain and suffering the future holds? I’m sure you’re glad you don’t.
In His humanity, Jesus must have viewed the resurrection as a dim light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Yet, that light sustained Him. It kept Him walking doggedly toward His goal. He’d live with the consequences of going to Jerusalem.
Do the consequences of following Jesus scare you and keep you uncommitted? If you’re a disciple of Jesus, you’ll at times have to stand like a mule in a hailstorm and just take it. That’s what Jesus did. You’ve been called to follow in His steps (1 Peter 2:21).
Jesus endured the cross with His eyes fixed on the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). He focused more on the gain than the pain. For both Jesus and you, suffering leads to glory.
A second Kingdom principle is that service leads to greatness. Suppose you’ve just told your son you don’t have long to live. His first words are, “Dad, may I have the keys to the car to take Susan to the movies?” After Jesus announced the suffering ahead, James and John in effect asked Him for the keys to the Kingdom. They wanted to be bigshots in His organization.
Do they illustrate your own pride and ambition? Does a desire for recognition and praise from others motivate your ministry? Jesus used the opportunity to instruct the disciples about greatness in the Kingdom. He reminded them about greatness in the Gentile world. The coins Herod Philip struck showed the head and name of the reigning emperor and the inscription: “He who deserves adoration.”
Jesus said that among His followers, the greatest leaders are the greatest servants. Servants are never unemployed! The greatest Christians don’t always have upfront positions. Visiting someone in the hospital is as important as preaching a sermon. Although Jesus was Lord of the Universe, He came to serve. That’s what His followers still do.
A third Kingdom principle is that sight leads to following Jesus. Jesus passed through Jericho on His way to Jerusalem. Bartimaeus, a blind man, sat beside the road with his outer garment spread out to receive alms. Like a scratched record of old, he repeated, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47, NIV).
Jesus summoned him. He asked Jesus to restore his sight. Jesus said, “Your faith has healed you” (Mark 10:52, NIV). Immediately, he could see. His first recorded action was to follow Jesus. He needed physical and spiritual sight. He needed the wholeness only Jesus could bring. Don’t we all? #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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