Our Hero’s Journey to Jerusalem!

Mark 10:32-45
32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, 33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: 34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. 35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. 36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? 37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. 38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: 40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 Our Hero’s Journey to Jerusalem,

 More than just an ordinary man, whom we admire for His many achievements and noble qualities with GREAT COURAGE, He obeyed His Father’s command to travel from Capernaum through Samaria and coming to Jericho Jesus tells His disciples, for the third time, that He will suffer much and then be put to death. This journey for Jesus will be the last one and yet His disciples do not understand, “again” what is truly about to happen.

 Our Heavenly father is about to show all mankind a Love that will break all race, culture and language barriers… A hero that will sacrifice Himself for the benefit of an undeserving people so that they can Live!

 And Live for what?

Let’s pray
For all I am, for all I have, Jesus did you really have to die for me? Why are you so generous to a person that is so underserving? Why are you so compassionate to such an ignorant group of people and especially towards a person such as me? Your Mercy is TOO GREAT and that it is indeed an “AMAZING GRACE”, like the heat of the morning sun on my face!
Thank you for your everlasting LOVE in spite of us you died for us and indeed Lord of Lords and King of Kings! Praise and Honor to you from the bottom of our hearts!
In the name of Jesus,
AMEN…

And they were AMAZED

  • Do you know why Jesus’ disciples were amazed? V32)

32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed;

You will note that Jesus was leading them into the city of Jerusalem and the disciples were amazed because they knew he was going towards a place that would more than likely cause Him to be caught and be punished by the many Jewish leaders. Jesus blazed a fearless trail to Jerusalem Like a father running into a structure fire to save his children…entering into a burning house that was overly consumed with raging fire and could certainly cause him to lose his life.

That’s my HERO. An amazing Hero, Is he yours?

Did he come and rescue you. SHOUT AMEN if He has!

There may be some who may feel unworthy. Just know He is able to forgive ALL who ask for forgiveness. Let this Savior come and rescue you from your burning House! Do be aware that Your house is temporary but your spirit is eternal and that God truly saving you from a “BURNING HELL”.

Rom 5:8-9
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

They were AFRAID

  • Do you know why Jesus’ disciples were afraid?

32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed they were afraid.

The disciples now realized what imminent danger they ran themselves into; the malicious Sanhedrim was against their Master and them; and tremble at the thought of entering into Jerusalem.
The method and particulars of Christ's sufferings are more largely foretold here than in any other of the predictions.

  • Luke 9:21-22
  • Luke 9:44-45

To hearten them our Hero tells them:

33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: 34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. (Mark 10:33)

Do you “SEE” what method he took to silence their fears?

He did not go about to make the matter better than it was, or to feed them with hopes that He might escape the storm, but told them again what He had often told them before, the things that should happen to Him. He knew the worst of it, and so He went on boldly, and He will let them know the worst of it;

In a sense He basically said:

(1) Be not afraid; for there is no remedy, the matter is determined, and cannot be avoided.

(2) “The Son of man” shall suffer and their time of suffering was now at hand, He will now provide for their security.

(3) “He shall rise again”; the issue of His sufferings will be glorious to Himself, and advantageous to all that are his

The sons of Thunder are ENCOURAGED

According to Matthew 20:20 the mother of James and John the Sons of Zebedee “asked” Jesus to grant her two sons may sit, the one on the right, and the other on the left, in Jesus’ Kingdom. Jesus returns with a question to the two sons;

22 Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, “We are able”.

Note:

1. On the one hand, there are some that abuse the great encouragements Christ has given us in prayer, and on the other hand, there are some that do not use His gracious power.

Ephesians 3:20

20
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

But it was presumptuous of the disciples to ask such boundless demand upon their Master; we better leave it to our heavenly Father to do for us what He sees fit for us, and He will do more than what we can desire.

“We Can” v 39) (Grant Us)

2 We must be cautious how we make general promises. Christ would not engage to do for them whatever they desired, but would know from them what it was they did desire; What would ye that I should do for you? He would have them go according to their request, that they might be made ashamed of it.

3. Our weakness and short-sightedness appear as much in our prayers as in any thing. We cannot order our speech, when we speak to God we should understand God’s perspective in the matter:

Matthew 6:5-8
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Our HERO’S KINGDOM v40 – 45

Worldly honor is a glittering thing, the disciples eyes may have been dazzled by the Power and Authority they assumed would come when Jesus established His authority. But in this LIFE Jesus explained that Greatest shall be the Least and the Least shall be Greatest. He came as the Chiefest of Servants and became servant for ALL. But moreover we should care more about others than to look great, or to have power and authority.

God’s word tells why our Hero did what he had to do:

Ephesians 1:19-23
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.